The iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons will once again get the boost they need to soar above the streets of New York City, thanks to more than 300,000 cubic feet of helium (He) supplied by Linde LLC.
This year marks the parade’s 91st event and 23 consecutive years of a unique partnership with Macy’s. Each year Linde and Macy’s bring the country’s most recognisable balloons to life marking the official beginning of the holiday season.
The He used to fill the iconic balloons begins its journey at the Linde Otis plant, located in Kansas. The plant refines crude He purchased from the US Bureau of Land Management, as well as from private producers that extract it from natural gas fields in the US mid-continent.
The He is then purified and liquefied for shipment across the country and around the world including to fill the breathtaking balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
It is then filled into a trailer for shipment to Bethlehem, PA where Linde operates a He trans-fill facility.
Here the liquefied He is converted to a gas and compressed into four high – pressure tube trailers that are trucked to New York City.
On the day before the Parade, Linde and Macy’s staff assemble near the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, where workers begin inflating the balloons using a gas filling apparatus Linde has customised for the Macy’s Parade.
Early Thanksgiving morning, the balloons are topped off with He and poised for the Parade.