Curious George is the main character of a series of popular children's books and TV episodes of the same name, written by Margret and H. A. Rey. George (who is referred to as a monkey in the books) that was brought from his home in Africa by "The Man with The Yellow Hat". They are best friends and they live together in "the city" and "the country". The names of these areas have not been declared yet.
When the first story, Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys, was published in France in 1939, George was named Fifi. In the United Kingdom, George was originally called "Zozo" in 1941, apparently to avoid using the name of the then King George VI for an ape. Books featuring the adventures of Curious George have been translated from the original French into many other languages in addition to English. The books have been adapted into several television series and films.
History with the Macy's Parade
Before he was a balloon, he was made into a push float in the 1972 Parade, which features Curious George reading one of his books, and wearing a red bowtie. Multiple flowers and George plushes were placed around the float. This float retired the same year it debuted.
After a nearly 30-year absence from the parade, and before the TV show was produced in 2006, Curious George made his grand return to the Macy's Parade in 2001, to help celebrate his 60th birthday. That same year, he was selected to become Macy's Holiday Ambassador of 2001, with a plush version of the balloon being sold exclusively at Macy's stores. However, just after his debut, his balloon was retired for an unknown reason. So far, George is the last giant-sized character balloon to only appear once. With Curious George's fade into obscurity, it is unknown if he will ever return. Despite being a one-shot character, however, his balloon still exists as of 2016.