McDonald’s Grimace and Hamburglar make a rare appearance at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

McDonald’s fans are happy to see Grimace and Hamburglar at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

McDonald’s Grimace and Hamburglar make a rare appearance at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 1

Two of the most beloved McDonald’s characters have made a surprising comeback at 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade after several years of being absent from the highly anticipated annual procession.

Grimace and Hamburglar joined Ronald McDonald at this year’s parade, bringing smiles and laughter to audiences on the streets and to those who were watching the festive event from the comfort of their homes. Seeing Grimace and Hamburglar again after a long time made a lot of fans realize how much they missed the two characters. Some of them even took to Twitter to share how they reacted when they spotted the mascots at the parade.

Aside from stirring up all kinds of nostalgia, Grimace and Hamburglar’s return also inspired some new memes and jokes.

Additionally, Grimace and Hamburglar’s reappearance made some fans appreciate McDonald’s even more for sticking with its decades-old characters despite their questionable looks and unclear origin stories.

Grimace and Hamburglar have both appeared in several TV and print ads for McDonald’s since 1971. Grimace was originally introduced as the “Evil Grimace,” a villainous character with two pairs of arms that he used to steal milkshakes. After that first marketing campaign, the character was revised to be one of the “good guys,” and his number of arms was reduced by two.

Like Grimace, Hamburglar also started out as a villain. As his name implies, Hamburglar was fond of stealing hamburgers. Even though he always attempted (and failed) to hoard all hamburgers for himself, he had always been looked upon as a valued member of the McDonaldland community. In 1985, the burger-loving character was revised to be someone who loved playing tricks on his friends.

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