Ronald McDonald is a clown character and the mascot of the fast food restaurant, McDonalds. He appeared in many television commercials.
Ronald McDonald first appeared in the parade in 1987. He was upside down and held balloons. This balloon retired in 1990, The Ronald McDonald Balloon Return in 1993 Parade and retired in 1994. Ronald McDonald leading the Marching Band in the parade.
Ronald McDonald reappeared in 2000 as a brand new balloon for that year, and Returns to the Parade in 2000. This one gives him a more traditional look. This one appeared until 2008. In 2001, this Ronald balloon had his left arm shredded after colliding with a tree.
There's also a car Ronald's big red shoe with kids around it which comes before or after the Ronald McDonald balloon. The float first featured Ronald McDonald. Birdie, Hamburgular, and Grimace appeared on the float from 2000-2005. Nowadays Ronald appears with the McKids.
In 2009, A new Ronald balloon was made. It has him wearing a scarf and wearing ice skates. This Ronald balloon retired in 2014. Ronald reappeared in 2015 wearing one of his new costumes.
In 2001, Ronald's right arm ripped and deflated after crashing into a Central Park tree.
In 2011, Ronald's left ice skate deflated due to heavy winds.
In 2012, Ronald was caught in a tree,causing his hair to deflate, but still appeared though.
- Ronald with Balloons (1987-1990, 1993-1994)
- Traditional Ronald (2000-2008)
- Ice Skating Ronald (2009-2014)
- Circus Ronald (2015-Present)