The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon is a children's television series which aired in Canada on YTV and the United States on public television stations, through Tampa, Florida PBS member station WEDU. The show ran for five seasons from 1993 to 1997. It was a live-action show incorporating actors, full body costume characters (notably the titular dragon) and puppets. The story follows Dudley, a dragon who recently woke up from centuries of hibernation and his new ten-year-old friends Matt and Sally. The two kids would guide Dudley around the modern world and the trio would learn about environmentalism, friendship, and pro-social values.
History with the Macy's Parade
Dudley first appeared in the 1995 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and led the parade that year. He also appeared in a segment in Good Morning America on Parade day, where it showed Dudley being designed, built and painted. However, high winds caused the balloon to crash into a lamppost and send glass flying below. Due to this, the balloon couldn't make rest of the route and was retired in the same year, becoming the only known balloon to never make it to Herald Square. He will most likely never return, as Dudley is seen as outdated and unpopular in the eyes of many. Despite this, he is still around at the Macy's Parade Studio as of 2008.
During his debut, high winds pushed Dudley into a lamppost around Columbus Circle, causing Glass to be send flying down into the crowd, injuring one.