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Andy the Alligator is a giant balloon from 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 and The Colicky Kid, making it sound as if he were hissing. This effect was brought about by recording a pan of frying bacon.

After an irreparable incident in the 1933 Parade, Andy the Alligator was permanently retired from the Parade, and another incarnation of the articulate alligator has yet to be made.

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