Monkey D. Luffy made his grand debut at the 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on the streets of New York on Nov 23, 2023.
However, the journey was not all bed of roses for the beloved shonen hero, as his iconic straw hat met an untimely fate as it got caught on a tree branch, leaving it deflated. With no Nami in sight to fix the situation, Luffy was left with nothing but a punctured bucket hat.
Regardless of the setback, Luffy, known for his resilience, persisted on till the end of the parade.
This did not go unnoticed by the fans, as social media platforms were soon flooded with reactions, memes, and fan art of Luffy in his Bucket Hat era.
Some fans said that the tree branch which deflated Luffy’s hat was actually Admiral Ryokugyu in disguise.
The 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was broadcast in the U.S. on NBC and streamed on Peacock, on Nov 23, 2023, from 9:00 a.m.
This isn’t the first time an anime character made their debut at the Macy’s Day Parade. Goku was a part of the parade in 2018.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual parade in New York City presented by the U.S.-based department store chain Macy’s. The Parade first took place in 1924, tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States with America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.
The three-hour parade is held in Manhattan, ending outside Macy’s Herald Square, takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST on Thanksgiving Day, and has been televised nationally on NBC since 1953. The Parade’s workforce is made up of Macy’s employees and their friends and family, all of whom work as volunteers.