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JoJo Flies During Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

JoJo, the star of Disney Channel's JOJO'S CIRCUS, a Playhouse Disney series for preschoolers, will be unveiled as a giant helium balloon next week in the 79th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. At more than 60 feet high, it is one of the biggest balloons in the parade, which runs from New York Citys Upper West Side to Herald Square.

Special to the JOJO balloon will be the simulation of the character juggling with 50 handlers underneath her choreographing the movement for the 2.5 mile route, raising and lowering JoJo's hands and the independent third juggling ball that floats ahead of the main balloon.

Also next week, Disney Channel kicks off Thanksgiving week with a new primetime Thanksgiving special of JOJO'S CIRCUS on Sunday, Nov. 20 (7:30-8:00 pm ET/PT). On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24 (6:00 am-12:00 noon ET/PT), 12 consecutive episodes of JOJO'S CIRCUS will be presented during the Playhouse Disney block.

In the JOJO'S CIRCUS Sunday night special, Circus Town is excited about the Thanksgiving Hip Hooray parade that goes right by the Big Boo Boo Hospital, cheering the patients as it does. But when parade organizer Mrs. Kersplatski injures her funny bone and ends up in the hospital, JoJo rallies her friends to showcase their special talents in their own makeshift parade, to the delight of the patients and the community.

JOJO'S CIRCUS airs daily (8:30 am ET/PT) during Disney Channel's learning-focused Playhouse Disney programming block and year to date is the #1 regular telecast with kids 2-5.

Produced by New York's Cartoon Pizza and Toronto's Cuppa Coffee Prod., the series follows JoJo, a clown girl who lives in a small, happy community, Circus Town. JoJo invites young viewers to get up and dance, jump, bend and wiggle. The movement is designed to not only strengthen the body, but engage the important areas of a child's brain that support learning in many curriculum areas. In addition, all storylines have a moral that emphasizes character-building skills such as cooperation, sharing and respect for others.

Disney Channel, part of Disney ABC Cable Networks Group, is available in more than 87 million U.S. homes and millions more around the world via 23 international Disney Channels.

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