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Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons Go Back into Hibernation
The Pikachu balloon is deflated after the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City on Nov. 27.
While the inflation of the balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York is a much-talked-about event the night before Thanksgiving, little attention is paid to the deflation of the balloons when the parade is over.
A team of handlers brings a giant, helium filled balloon to ground level after team leaders open four foot-long zippers on the sides of the inflatable.
When most of the helium is out, team members lay on the character to "burp" or remove all helium. They then work together to fold the balloon from rear to front.
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