Airgas, an Air Liquide company, has been contracted to lift the balloons at Houston’s 68th annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade, by supplying more than 40,000 cubic feet of helium (He) for the celebrations.

Whether it’s refining and petrochemicals, medical oxygen delivered to hospitals, gas cylinders used in welding or the fizz in soft drinks, Air Liquide’s reach touches nearly every facet of daily life. Tomorrow, it just happens to be the He that will keep these fabulous balloons floating high in the air.

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Source: Richard Carson

The He that Airgas will provide for balloons in the parade is enough to fill nearly 145,000 balloons. It will be delivered in cylinders by trucks driven from the Tier One company’s facility in LaPorte.

An Airgas spokesperson said, “Sure, on any given day this inert gas can be boring and even impossible to see, but on Thanksgiving, He will be hard at work lifting magnificent balloons, as well as the spirits of Houstonians as they gaze in wonder at the incredible display of larger than life characters, including Daniel Tiger, Tweety Bird and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer as they soar down the parade route.”

Airgas recently provided another gas – carbon dioxide (CO2) to the Houston Astros’ World Series Parade, enough to make two tonnes of confetti fly.