Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder

The Man Behind the Balloons

John Hippolito, balloon chairman for the 80th McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, talks about his job, preparations for the parade and the worldwide helium shortage.

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A Gingerbread Man balloon is part of the 2012 McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)

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2 Comments to “The Man Behind the Balloons”

    John said:
    November 19, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    The updated URL is chicagofestivals.org :)

    steve said:
    November 19, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    i have Ben doing this parade the last 12 years and yes we do train to carry a balloon its so much fun let me tell u

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