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What was the first cartoon character made into a parade balloon?
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Popular Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons
Bullwinkle is one of the oldest Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade balloons. He is also one of the most popular of all the Macy's balloons.
Mickey Mouse first appeared in a Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in 1934. He has been a favorite balloon at the Macy's Day parade ever since. Mickey's friend Goofy has also been transformed into a Macy's balloon.
Snoopy is another favorite parade balloon. He has appeared in Macy's Day parades since the late 60s. He has worn six costumes including an astronaut, king, ice skater, and, of course, a war I">World War I flying ace. Charlie Brown has also made an appearance at the Thanksgiving Day parade, trying to kick that elusive football. Snoopy's pal Woodstock is another Charles Schulz creation that has floated in the Macy's parade.
Cartoon characters have always been popular balloons at the Macy's Day Thanksgiving parade. Woody Woodpecker, SpongeBob SquarePants, Garfield, Bart Simpson, Pink Panther, Bugs Bunny, and Rugrats have all been honored at Macy's parade. Many other cartoon characters have been made into balloons for the Macy's Day parade.
Several Sesame Street characters have appeared as balloons at the Macy's Day parade. Kermit the Frog has been navigated through the parade route. Big Bird has appeared in two different versions. Grover has been transformed at the Thanksgiving Day parade into Super Grover.
Superman has appeared in several Macy's Day parades since 1940. Superman has been the biggest Macy's Day parade balloon ever.
Corporations haven't missed their chance to advertise at the famous Thanksgiving Day parade. Some of the company balloons have been popular. They have included the Energizer Bunny, Ronald McDonald, Honey Nut Cheerios Bee, Nestle Quick Bunny, and M&M's candies.
How Are the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Balloons Made?
The first step in making a Macy's parade balloon is drawing a sketch. Details are evaluated and approved by aerodynamics engineers to be sure the balloon can fly.