Bookish Balloons from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of our most treasured Thanksgiving traditions, serving as the official start of the holiday season. While most of the balloons are representative of popular characters from animated shows and movies, there have been a number of balloons over the years that come from the world of children’s literature. Take a look:

TinMan Balloon

The Tin Man balloon made its appearance in 1940, following the success of the film adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

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From the Arthur book series by Marc Brown and the animated series on PBS. Arthur’s last name is “Read,”and he is a big fan of books and libraries.

(image via Holidash)


 Clifford the Big Red Dog has been the star of his own series of books since the 1960s. He also appeared on animated series on PBS Kids.

(image via Commercial Appeal)


The character that we now know as Curious George has been around since the late 1930s, when he started appearing in French picture books written by H.A. and Margret Rey. In the beginning, he was called Fifi.

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 Diary of a Wimpy Kid at Macy's Balloonfest 2010 - 24

Greg Heffley, the “Wimpy Kid” shown here, is the newest literary character to make an appearance in the parade. Like Arthur, he has a book in hand, though in this case it is his famous diary.

(image via Children’s Illustration)

HortonWho Balloon

Horton, from the classic Horton Hears a Who, is just one of the balloons inspired by the world of Dr. Seuss that has appeared in the parade over the years. The Cat in the Hat and the Grinch have floated down Broadway, too.

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Another famous elephant, Babar, has been in the parade. So has the Wild Thing from Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. I’d like to see an Olivia balloon (my boyfriend’s daughter is a big fan!). What other characters, classic or otherwise, would make good balloons to feature in parade?

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