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The Trump Baby Balloon on the Mall Will Inflate, but It Will Not Fly

A "Trump Baby" balloon in London, June 4. (David Mirzoeff/PA Wire/Press Association via AP Images)

The National Park Service released the permit that will allow Code Pink to fly a “Trump Baby” balloon on the Mall during Washington, DC’s Fourth of July celebration, which President Trump has retooled as a celebration of himself and his presidency.

The ballooning will take place along 17th Street near the Washington Monument. There will be a stage in addition to the balloon. The balloon cannot be filled with helium, NPS says in the permit: The 20-foot-by-20-foot balloon “must be filled with cold-air only and unable to achieve flight.”

The permit says Code Pink plans speeches, as well as a male bathing suit competition, an open mic, and poetry readings. The group says it expects that “MAGA Presidential supporters may attempt to disrupt the activity.”

Trump Baby balloon permit–July 4th National Mall by Washingtonian Magazine on Scribd

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute, TBD.com, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.