Andy the Alligator is a classic giant balloon that appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
History with the Macy's Parade
In 1932, an affable alligator named Andy would make his maiden flight down the streets of New York City, as he participated in that year's edition of the Parade of all parades. The length of the Andy balloon is widely debated, as some sources claim the reptile measures 90 feet, while others mention a length of over 100 feet.
Andy the Alligator was also one of the first balloons to utilize a built-in sound unit, alongside Jerry the Pig, Fritz the Dachshund, and The Colicky Kid, making it sound as if he were hissing. This effect was made by recording a pan of frying, sizzling bacon.
In 1933, Andy would face trouble during the route. He was involved in an accident that would result in him being torn in half, losing his tail on 70th Street. After the parade, Andy the Alligator was permanently retired from the Parade, the rubber from the balloon was donated to the American Army during World War II. Today, a new incarnation of the articulate alligator has yet to be made.