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5 Thanksgiving Parade Balloons That Blow Our Mind

By Sara Fossum on November 22, 2016 in Just for Kicks


For over 90 years, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a household tradition every Thanksgiving morning. And balloons are as much of a staple to the parade as turkey is to that evening's dinner.

In honor of this year's festivities, here are our top five favorite balloons throughout the parade's history:

1. Felix the Cat

Balloons didn't make their parade debut until 1927, with Felix the Cat taking the lead.

We love the balloons featured in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Did you know: After the parade, balloons were then released into the city. Macy then offered rewards to anyone who found and returned the balloons! What a fun treasure hunt for Turkey Day!

2. Tom the Turkey

What's Thanksgiving without the turkey? In 1971, after nearly 50 years of parades, the season's favorite bird finally made its balloon debut and has been a classic ever since.

We love the balloons featured in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

3. Olive Oyl

Popeye's longtime girlfriend broke parade ground by becoming the first female balloon character in 1982. What took so long?

We love the balloons featured in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

4. Snoopy

Charles Schulz's lovable canine creation has made his entrance in more parades than any other balloon. In 2015, Snoopy completed his 40th parade appearance.

We love the balloons featured in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

5. Blue Sky Gallery

Art meets parade! In 2005, parade organizers introduced a series of balloons based on famous works of art. The program has since ended, but contemporary works from Jeff Koons, Keith Haring and others were honored in helium form.

We love the balloons featured in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

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