Abby Cadabby, mostly referred to as just Abby, is a 4-year-old Muppet character in the PBS children's television show Sesame Street. In 2006, Abby made her debut in the first episode of Sesame Street’s 37th season, when she moved into the neighborhood and met some of the Street's residents. On the day of her debut, her magic wand broke; Big Bird told her to take her wand to the Fix-It Shop where Maria would fix it. Season 40 features her CGI animated recurring segments titled, "Abby's Flying Fairy School" which were adapted into their own spin-off.
History in the Macy's Parade
Abby Cadabby made her first Parade appearance in the form of a Muppet, appearing aboard the 1-2-3 Sesame Street float. In her earliest appearances on the float, she was positioned in the top front window alongside Ernie and Bert. Starting in 2008, she was located at Big Bird's nest alongside Elmo and the aforementioned Big Bird.
After Abby Cadabby's overwhelmingly positive reception on Sesame Street, the Macy's Parade Studio would work with Sesame Workshop to help produce a brand-new Abby Cadabby balloon for the 2007 Parade. The Abby balloon replaced fellow Sesame Street balloon stars, Big Bird and Super Grover.
As the magical fairy made her maiden flight in the 2007 Parade, the Abby Cadabby balloon became an instant crowd-pleaser, making three consecutive appearances, before retiring in 2009, where she promoted her new segment on Sesame Street, Abby's Flying Fairy School.
Listed below are the music tracks that played during the balloon's appearances on the NBC telecast.
- "Sesame Street Theme" harmonica credits (2007)
- "Sesame Street Theme" calypso credits arrangement (2008-2009)
- Abby Cadabby is the earliest balloon to use clear material.
- In 2007, a wind gust pushed Abby into a tree, and her wand was cut apart, leaving only the stick in her hand. However, the top part was connected to the balloon, so it also stayed intact.