Nov 27, 2013 • By

A big Doughboy in the Big Apple

The Pillsbury Doughboy is about to fly high again over the streets of New York City.

Well, a giant balloon version of him anyway.

Tomorrow marks the fifth appearance for Poppin’ Fresh in the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which marks its 87th year.

Macy's Parade

The Doughboy balloon debuted in 2009’s parade, after Pillsbury had a float in the parades from 2005-2007.

Pillsbury Doughboy in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Here is some video of the Doughboy, in 2011.

The balloon is 53.7 feet long, 34.4 feet wide and 46.4 feet tall. That’s about 63 times the Doughboy’s normal size. It requires an estimated 12,280 cubic feet of helium.

During the parade, it takes 90 handlers to keep the Doughboy balloon under control as they walk the streets on the route.

Like all the parade elements, the balloon was designed by the artisans at Macy’s Parade Studio, taking care to capture his official likeness.

This afternoon, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Doughboy and all the other giant character balloons in the parade will be inflated in front of spectators on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, near the Museum of Natural History.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 9 a.m. Eastern, and is televised live on NBC.

More than 3.5 million people will see the parade firsthand and 50 million people are expected to watch it at home.

You can learn more about the parade’s history here.