Is the Pillsbury Doughboy OK?

The giant balloon is looking a little worse for the wear.


Kris Seavers

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 22, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 1:04 am CDT

No matter what shit goes down the other 364 days of the year, or what happens when your whole family is gathered around the turkey, there is one sure thing: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

A microcosm of Broadway musicals, high school marching bands, and oversized commercial balloons, the parade remains mostly the same year after year. But this Thanksgiving, some people noticed one guy looking a little worse for the wear, leading to the question: Is the Pillsbury Doughboy OK?


According to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Wikia page, this is the Pillsbury Company’s second balloon. The first flew in the parade until 2013, and the one that went up Thursday has been in commission since 2014.

But as many on Twitter pointed out, the Doughboy—aka Poppin’ Fresh—isn’t looking so, well, fresh.




Perhaps it’s because the Doughboy went through this trauma at last year’s parade, per Wikia: “In 2017, he kept swaying side to side dangerously and almost hit a tree and a building.”

Or maybe he’s just feeling how we’re all feeling after this year: Tired as hell but still going.


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*First Published: Nov 22, 2018, 1:07 pm CST