Blue's Clues is an American live-action/animated educational children's series that first aired on Nick Jr. on September 8th, 1996. The show follows a format in which Blue, a blue-spotted dog, leaves distinct blue pawprints for her owner (Steve, played by Steve Burns, later Joe played by Donovan Patton), and viewers in order to figure out her plans for the day. Blue's Clues quickly became the highest-rated children's television series on American television, and was a massive impact on the growth of Nickelodeon. The original series ended on August 6th, 2006, and would go on to be quoted as "one of the most successful, critically acclaimed, and ground-breaking preschool television series of all time."[1]

The show was critically acclaimed for its use of combined concepts from child development and early-childhood education with innovative, yet simple innovation. The show was the first of many to use cutout animation, with much of the characters and backgrounds being made to resemble construction paper and a children's storybook through is primary colors and simple shapes.

A spin-off series debuted in 2004, entitled Blue's Room. The series followed Blue of the main series as she went about her everyday activities and made new friends.

The series was given a reboot in November 2019 with a new series, called Blue's Clues & You! The reboot followed much of the same format as the original, and now featured the characters in computer animation with new host, Josh Dela Cruz.

History with the Macy's Parade

Blue's Clues made its Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade debut in 1999 with a giant balloon and Parade float. The giant balloon was based on the series' titular happy-go-lucky dog, Blue. The debut of the Blue balloon marked the second time in Parade history that Nickelodeon had a balloon in the likeness of a cartoon character, following behind Rugrats' 1997 Parade debut. Commenting on the balloon's debut, Ruth Sarlin, senior vice president for brands at Nickelodeon, said "It is a significant out-of-pocket expense," referring to the $280,000 that was paid to have the Blue balloon appear in the Parade. "As a promotional expense, I wouldn't call it a bargain, but it is an extremely good value, a good investment."[2]

The Blue balloon measures 41 feet tall, 63 feet long, 32 feet wide and requires over 15,000 cubic feet of helium to help the 500-pound pooch fly down the streets of New York City. The balloon's design features Blue reaching out her left paw, presenting her iconic blue pawprint to the millions of spectators lining the Parade route, hoping to play a game of "Blue's Clues."

Blue's Clues was also represented by a float starting in 1999. The float, in the shape of a giant "Blue's Clues" pawprint, featured many of Blue's friends including Mailbox, Slippery Soap, Tickety Tock sitting amongst a pumpkin patch, Shovel and Pail collecting fall-colored leaves and Mr. Salt, Mrs. Pepper and Paprika preparing a basket of cranberries for the Thanksgiving feast. Overlooking the festivities is the show's host, Steve, sitting in the show's iconic "Thinking Chair". In 2001, the show's new host, Joe, took the place of Steve. Additionally, walk-around versions of Magenta, Blue's puppy friend, and Tickety Tock appeared on the float to promote the upcoming Blue's Clues Live! stage shows across America.

Both the Blue balloon and Blue's Clues float were retired after the 2002 Parade, making four appearances in total. The figures of Mr. Salt, Mrs. Pepper and Paprika are currently on display in the Macy's Parade Studio's cafeteria.[3]

Seventeen years after the retirement of the original Blue's Clues unit, Nickelodeon would sponsor a brand-new Blue's Clues parade float in the 2019 Parade in promotion of the series' reboot, Blue's Clues & You!. The float showcases a 22-foot tall inflatable Blue figure, whose paw is covered in 13 pounds of glitter as it shines and shimmers down the Parade route. The show's host, Josh Dela Cruz, appeared on the float on Thanksgiving Day and waved to the show's many fans.

Commenting on the float's debut, Jordan Dabby, producer of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, (also commenting on the new SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary balloon) said "The Macy’s Parade is thrilled to welcome back two fan favorites with the return of our porous pal SpongeBob SquarePants for his 15th flight down the streets of Manhattan, this year with his beloved pet snail Gary along for the ride; and the iconic pup Blue returning to the Parade line-up after more than a decade with a brand-new float celebrating the upcoming series Blue’s Clues & You!. Nickelodeon and the Macy’s Parade are synonymous with great family entertainment and we are thrilled to extend that long-time partnership with the new additions of these two beloved characters to the Thanksgiving celebration.”[4]

The Blue's Clues & You! float returned to the line of march for the reimagined 2020 Parade, now being joined by popstar Ally Brooke, who had previously appeared on the Bluestock episode of the series.

Guest Stars

Listed below are the guest stars that have performed/appeared on the Blue's Clues float, alongside the respective songs which they sang during the NBC Telecast.

  • 1999-2000 - Steve Burns (as Steve)
  • 2001-2002 - Donovan Patton (as Joe)
  • 2019 - Josh Dela Cruz; sang "What I Like About Blue"
  • 2020 - Ally Brooke; sang "We Are A Family"

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