Gregory "Greg" Heffley is an American middle school student and the main protagonist of the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series. He is believed to be loosely based on Jeff Kinney when he was in middle school. Greg is very concerned about his popularity level and how he looks in public. He absolutely loves video games and slacking off, taking after his older brother Rodrick. He takes up a lot of traits from Rodrick (such as selfishness, laziness, etc). He also has an interest in cartooning and making comics. He was played by Zachary Gordon in the live-action movies Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, and Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, even though the books are whiteboard animated. Greg is portrayed by Jason Drucker in the live-action film, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.

 History with the Macy's Parade

Greg's first balloon appeared in 2010, to help promote the 5th book in the series, The Ugly Truth And the Dairy Of A Wimpy Kid Movie (2010) This balloon featured him clutching his prized diary as he strolls down the streets of New York, in his signature black-and-white color scheme. This balloon was retired shortly after the 2015 Parade.

In 2016, Greg was given a brand new balloon design, decking him out in colorful winter clothing, with red snow boots, a blue puffer coat, red ear muffs, and a green/yellow striped scarf. While he may be bundled up for the Thanksgiving Day weather, the balloon sees Greg clumsily taking a tumble down the route with his arm outstretched to break his fall, surely having slipped on an icy surface because he has his nose buried in his Diary. This balloon still appears as of today, and has made a total of 10 appearances as of 2019.


Below, you will find a list of the music tracks that played during the balloon's appearance on the NBC telecast

  • "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Theme" (Theodore Shapiro, 2010-2013)
  • Generic Macy's music (2014-Present)


  • In 2012, his left leg was bent.
  • In 2013, both of Greg's legs were bent.
  • In 2017 and 2019, one or both of his earmuffs were slightly deflated, possibly due to the pressure exerted by the handling lines.
  • In 2019, the pressure of the overnight inflation net, in combination with the balloon's foot, which caused his right leg to be bent.

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