Babar is a wildly popular French children's character created by Jean de Brunhoff for the story Histoire de Babar. In the book, his mother is killed by a hunter, but Babar escapes to the city. After some time, he returns to the community of elephants, where he becomes King of the Elephants and marries his cousin Celeste.

History with the Macy's Parade

Babar debuted in the 65th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1991, where he was the only new balloon to debut that year, and was the grand finale due to him being the Macy's Holiday Ambassador, and with that a plush toy was released to Macy's stores. Babar returned as the second to last character balloon in the 1992 Parade. Babar was the last balloon to make use of the large Hot Air Balloon shaped balloon which had been used for many years and characters, like Elsie the Cow and the Chipmunks. He was retired after the 1992 Parade.

But Babar's history with the parade lasts much longer than that. Costumed versions of Babar the Elephant appeared in the 1938 and 1940 parades. In 1991, new costumed versions of Babar and Celeste appeared in the parade in a car, but not near the balloon. In 2011, Babar the Elephant appeared in 85th Parade Superstars Float, alongside many other retired balloon characters.