Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade poster 2013Toothless, everyone’s favorite Night Fury dragon from the the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, will fly for the first time ever as giant helium balloon in the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, the 87th annual performance of the parade. Toothless will float his way along in a continuing tradition of dragons appearing in the Macy’s parade which all started with Rex the Happy Dragon who appeared in 1927, the very first time balloon characters appeared in the iconic parade.

“As this clever and playful dragon takes his rightful place in the sky this year, millions of spectators along the streets of Manhattan and in homes across the country will be dazzled by Toothless,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “His incredibly subtle coloring, bright eyes, enormous shape and scale promises to put Toothless in a class of his own among the Parade’s helium giants this Thanksgiving.”

“DreamWorks Animation is honored to be a part of the incredible Macy’s Parade tradition, and who better than Toothless to soar through the skies of Manhattan on Thanksgiving?” said DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Global Brand Officer Michael Francis. “Fans around the world have dreamt of seeing Toothless take flight before their very eyes and he will definitely be a sight to behold.”

Toothless the NIght Fury Dragon flies in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade How to Train Your Dragon

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A feat of design by the magicians at Macy’s Parade Studio, Toothless will measure approximately 70-feet in length and will tower more than five stories. Toothless will be accompanied by 90 handlers who will help him fly on course through the streets of Manhattan. The color of midnight with glowing green eyes and an enigmatic grin, Toothless will come to life in grand form. Positioned with his giant wings folded in a landing pose, Toothless will be a hit with fans young and old as he seems poised and ready to descend amongst the gathered crowds.

Toothless recently took a test flight as Macy’s parade handlers get ready for the big day. Here are some photos of Toothless taking flight for the first time.

Toothless Macy's parade balloon test flight

Toothless the NIght Fury Dragon flies in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade How to Train Your Dragon

Toothless the NIght Fury Dragon flies in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade How to Train Your Dragon

Toothless the NIght Fury Dragon flies in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade How to Train Your Dragon

Toothless the NIght Fury Dragon flies in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade How to Train Your Dragon

Toothless the NIght Fury Dragon flies in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade How to Train Your Dragon

Macy's Parade balloon Po from Kung Fu Panda

Rex the Happy Dragon Macy's parade balloon

Click here to watch a video of Toothless taking his test flight.

Toothless is the second DreamWorks character to take flight in the Macy’s holiday tradition. In 2010, Po from Kung Fu Panda premiered in the parade. He measured 42 feet tall, 46 feet long and 34 feet wide, and was filled with 16,000 cubic feet of helium. Po appeared again in 2011 and 2012, and will take a break this year to allow Toothless to have some fun.

The 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV, on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 from 9 a.m. – noon in all time zones. Watch it live or set your DVR to capture the magic as Toothless flies through Manhattan for the first time!

The Macy’s Parade began in 1924 and featured animals from the Central Park zoo. It was such a rousing success that Macy’s declared it would be an annual event. The giant balloons premiered in 1927 and Felix the Cat was the first ever character balloon. A dragon balloon first appeared that year as Rex the Happy Dragon (pictured right). Rex appeared last year (2012) and will take a break this year as Toothless takes to the sky. The parade character with the most balloons is Snoopy. The newest Snoopy, now making his debut this year, is the 7th balloon version of this favorite character. The parade was televised for the first time locally in 1946 and then nationally in 1947. Each year more than 3.5 million people line the streets and another 50 million tune in to watch the balloons and floats, and join celebrities, bands and clown crews in the most spectacular holiday celebration in the world. The spirit of that small group of Macy’s employees in 1924 lives on today with the participation of more than 8,000 volunteers on the famous 2.5 mile march through the Manhattan streets.

Here’s hoping for more dragons flying high in future parades!

Parade photos courtesy of Macy’s, Inc.

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