Toei Animation announced that Son Goku, the main protagonist of the long-running “Dragon Ball” series, will make his return at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
In a tweet over the weekend, the Japanese studio announced that Son Goku, in his Super Saiyan Blue form first introduced in the movie “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F,’” will be present at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 24.
The float, measured at 56 feet tall, 70 feet long and 36 feet wide, first appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2018.
The parade will begin at around 9 a.m. ET on West 77th Street and Central Park West on Thursday. On its website, Macy's advised those who would like to view the float in person that some venues will have limited to no public viewing.
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After the kickoff, the parade will head to Central Park West, Columbus Circle, Central Park South and Sixth Avenue before making a final stop in front of Macy’s Herald Square.
Among the floats that will join Goku in the parade include Astronaut Snoopy and Pikachu and Eevee from the popular game franchise “Pokémon.” The beloved Japanese character Hello Kitty was also featured in the past Macy’s Parade.
Created by Akira Toriyama, “Dragon Ball” is one of the most popular manga and anime series still running today. Other long-running titles that are still being produced include “Detective Conan” and Eiichiro Oda’s “One Piece,” which celebrated its 1,000th episode in November 2021. The latter’s recent movie, “One Piece Film: Red,” was also a critical success in Japan and North America.
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Macy’s held its first parade in 1924, which was referred to then as Macy's Christmas Parade. The American retailer has been holding the event every year, even during the COVID-19 pandemic that began in 2020. The only time Macy's did not hold the event was from 1942 to 1944, when there was a shortage of helium and rubber amid World War II.
The parade will air on NBC and be simulcast on its streaming platform Peacock on Nov. 24 starting at 9 a.m. ET.
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