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My Top 10 Macy’s Parade Balloons

November 13, 2012

The title is very self-explanatory. I want to list my favorite balloons that I’ve enjoyed as a kid up to current parades. Note that I said “my top 10” instead of “top 10 of all time.” It drives me nuts whenever I click on a YouTube video of top 10 cartoons of all time and every entry originated on Nick Toons. So here are My top 10 in no particular order.


The balloon has made it’s first appearance in 1968 and has become a favorite ever since. It has become more prominent when Macy’s starting selling Snoopy plush dolls with the Macy’s logo on them. It is now at the 6th version and still going strong. Definitely a parade classic!

Pink Panther

Unfortunately this balloon is no longer featured at the parade because the show is rarely aired and the size of the balloon is larger than the newer size requirements. I remember the balloon appearing in many parades when I was a child and will always be a favorite.

Bart Simpson

The same year the Simpsons Thanksgiving episode aired, the Bart Simpson balloon made it’s first appearance in the parade. I was a huge Simpsons fan at the time and seeing the Bart balloon made me very excited.

Spider Man

I was always a fan of the web slinger and was always psyched to see him in the parade when I was younger because he wasn’t on TV as much as he’s been lately. Also, the balloon always had a cool action pose, which separated it from the other balloons.

Mickey Mouse

Mickey has been in the parade since 1934 and has been going strong ever since.  The fourth version was released in 2009 and is Captain Mickey, who is promoting the Disney Cruise line. I’m a big fan of Disney and especially the parks so seeing the mouse make an appearance is always great.


This is more because of my youngest brother. He was very young and into Pokemon. I took him to the parade at Times Square in 1999 and there was a huge poster of Pokemon the movie. We also talked about Pokemon all day. There was no Pikachu that year in the parade but everytime I see his balloon, I remember that day and what a fun time I had.

Kermit the Frog

Who doesn’t like Kermit the Frog or the Muppets? Again, I would like to see Kermit in the parade as a kid because I used to love the Muppet show and other movies like the Muppets Take Manhattan. Kermit gets more screen time due to Disney and their new movie so he’s now more relevant than ever. He also sang Rainbow Connection, possibly one of the best movie songs of all time.

Ronald McDonald

Every kid loves going to McDonalds. I would always get excited whenever the family car would pull into the parking lot and the same thing happens to my son. The only difference is that my son unfortunately doesn’t know about Grimace, the Hamburgler, or the Fry Guys. For shame.


I’m a big fan of the lasagna eating cat and his primetime animated specials, which is why I like his balloon. I couldn’t tell you how many times I saw his Halloween or Christmas special. I discovered the Thanksgiving special a few years ago on DVD and I’ve grown to love that one too. You can’t go wrong with Garfield.

B. Boy

B. Boy or Balloon Boy debuted last year and was created by Tim Burton. It’s such a crazy balloon and is a weird fit for the parade so I became an instant fan. I love Tim Burton’s animated works so that’s another reason it’s on this list. I hope he becomes a regular.

Do you have any favorites that are not listed here? Post them in the comments below!

Bart VS Thanksgiving

November 2, 2011

Come now, this would not be a proper Thanksgiving countdown if I did not talk about The Simpsons Thanksgiving special: Bart Vs. Thanksgiving. I caught it when it first aired on Thanksgiving in 1990 and it has become a tradition to view it every year. Wow, I didn’t realize that its been 21 years since then and yet I still remember the first airing. I don’t want to cover the entire episode, but I want to make some observations on certain parts of the show. I have other shit to do, you know.

The episode begins with Marge preparing a Thanksgiving dinner because she’s hosting the family get together, which includes her mother, sisters, and father-in-law, and because it’s Thanksgiving (duh). Homer is sitting on the couch watching the parade instead of helping Marge with the food. When I was a kid, I would either watch the parade or watch my mother or father prep the food. I was basically Bart, getting in the way while trying to help. It’s like being at a movie set; you get to watch the making and then enjoy the final product.

Is this what you do with the turkey, Mom?

Bart notices that there are old parade balloons and Homer tells him that not every flash in the pan cartoon character can be in the parade. It’s funny because a Bart Simpson balloon appears right after that comment. The balloon isn’t a coincidence though; an actual Bart Simpson balloon debuted at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that same year.

Another thing that stood out for me about the episode is the half-time show. A group of kids called “Hooray for Everything,” which Homer says he’s a fan of because of their great attitudes, performs the show. I had no idea what they were talking about so after a bunch of investigating, these kids are supposed to be an actual group called “Up With People.” Apparently, this is supposed to be a bunch of singing and dancing youths who perform around the world. This seems weird as hell to me, but I guess it’s just their thing. I never heard of them and I guess more power to those who know them. I guess.

Seriously, bro. WTF?!

Later after Bart runs away from home and realizes he has no money, he donates blood at the blood bank and gets some money. Now, I remember a time years ago that I was broke and needed some quick cash. I remembered this scene from the Thanksgiving special and decided to call some local blood banks in the area. None of them paid for blood. The donation was purely that; a donation. So who the hell pays for blood? Does T.V. ever tell the truth? But it kinda seems like a crappy move to ask for money for blood, now that I think about it. However, if you think about even more, it’s probably better to sell blood than your ass.

I think the special ends in a good way with the family making up and finally eating leftovers together on Thanksgiving. I’ve always enjoyed eating at the dinner table with family on this day. It emphasizes what possibly may be the most important part of the holiday. Also, I always thought that Thanksgiving leftovers may taste better than first dibs. I don’t know if the flavor settles more or if it’s just a mental thing, but these leftovers would taste great. That’s why I think Bart Vs. Thanksgiving ends on a high note. And Bart wasn’t killed or raped, so that’s a bonus.

See you tomorrow!