Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Explore each new balloon added to the parade since 1927 in our exclusive interactive infographic.

Floats, Rockettes, Al Roker: Bah, who cares? We watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for the giant balloons. In 1927, puppeteer Tony Sarg inflated a rubber Felix the Cat to replace the live lions and bears Macy's had previously set loose on the streets of New York. Almost a century later, pop culture's finest still take to the skies every Thanksgiving morning, wowing children across the nation. Get into the holiday spirit with our interactive chart tracking the debut of each new pop culture balloon.

Click here to see all the balloons!

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  • Gus Wezerek

    @karoliskj We decided to only include the pop culture balloons, so the Blue Sky Gallery and Macy's original balloons aren't present in the chart. Good eye, though!

  • John

    Floats, Rockettes, Al Roker: Bah, who cares? We watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for the giant balloons. In 1927, puppeteer Tony Sarg inflated a rubber Felix the Cat to replace the live lions and bears Macy's had previously set loose on the streets of New York. Almost a century later, pop culture's finest still take to the skies every Thanksgiving morning, wowing children across the nation. Get into the holiday spirit with our interactive chart tracking the debut of each new pop culture balloon.