Superman 1986 Balloon

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is as big part of the Thanksgiving holiday as football and turkey. Across the nation, approximately 50 million people tune in to watch the parade every year while 3.5 million New Yorkers watch it live. Did you know the first ever Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started over 90 years ago in 1924? Originally the parade was held to celebrate Macy’s grand opening of the “World’s Largest Store” with 1 million square feet of shopping retail. The parade was meant to create buzz about the store in time for the Christmas holiday shopping season. Nobody could have guessed that it would start a holiday tradition nearly a century later. Over the years, however, there have been a number of accidents associated with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons

Raggedy-Ann, 1986

People misjudge parade floats. We think that just because they are filled with helium that they weight next to nothing. In1986, Raggedy-Ann proved us wrong when she crashed into a lamppost causing her to split in half and send the post crashing down to the ground. Thankfully nobody needed to call a personal injury lawyer since nobody was hurt.

 

Superman, 1986

The same year that Raggedy-Ann nearly injured a crowd of people with a lamppost, Superman was defeated by a tree. When the Superman float got snagged on a tree branch it ripped its arm completely off! Not the best sight to see when you are trying to enjoy a parade with friends and family.