If Baby Yoda can make it here, he can make it anywhere.
The adorable green Force-wielder from the Disney Plus (opens in new tab) "Star Wars" series "The Mandalorian" soared over Broadway in Funko Pop form during the 95th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday (Nov. 25). (You can actually score a Funko Pop version of the Baby Yoda balloon, complete with his toy metal ball, for $30 at Funko.com (opens in new tab) and find more Black Friday Star Wars deals (opens in new tab) for your fans at home.)
But Baby Yoda wasn't the only cosmic character to drop in on the turkey day event.
Stormtroopers and an augmented reality float (complete with the Millennium Falcon) also made in an appearance along to promote the new VR game "Star Wars: Tales from The Galaxy's Edge" on Oculus Quest, which you can get with a $50 voucher in this Black Friday deal (opens in new tab), and a giant Snoopy decked out in a NASA spacesuit floated behind a float of his Peanuts friends, bobbing just like you'd expect in zero gravity.
"Oh no! Stormtroopers have Seezelslak and a porg captive! And look what's swooping in to this year's Macy's Parade to save them: the Millennium Falcon!" Macy's wrote on Twitter (opens in new tab).
Oh no! Stormtroopers have Seezelslak and a porg captive! And look what's swooping in to this year's #MacysParade to save them: the Millennium Falcon! @oculus @ILMxLAB #StarWarsTales #ExploreWithQuest pic.twitter.com/sDcBFDxZWRNovember 25, 2021
Baby Yoda (his real name is Grogu) followed close behind Olay's "Her Future is STEM-sational" float, which featured a female astronaut holding her helmet alongside a robotic arm, double-helix for DNA and mathematical symbols. The female K-pop band Aespa joined the astronaut for a song during the parade.
The float is part of the skincare company's ongoing #MakeSapaceForWomen campaign, which also included a 2020 Super Bowl commercial starring former NASA astronaut Nicole Stott.
This float celebrates & inspires women who shoot for the stars when they pursue a career in STEM! Dance along with K-Pop sensation🥬 @aespa_official 🥕 and @olayskin — there's some girl power on the #MacysParade route! pic.twitter.com/xiYT3rA2rENovember 25, 2021
"Last year, Olay announced our brand purpose to make space for women in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] during the Super Bowl, one of advertising's biggest moments, because we wanted that message to reach as many consumers as possible," Chris Heiert, senior vice president of Olay, said in a statement in 2020. "As we continue our mission to face the STEM gap, we saw the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as another great, large scale opportunity to spread the message that women can face anything, and that we are here to support them in doing so."
The spacesuit-clad Snoopy balloon in this year's parade isn't the first Snoopy appearance in the event, but it does come at a time when NASA has teamed up with the Peanuts beagle to launch a one-of-a-kind version of him around the moon on its Artemis 1 mission in February 2022.