Eben Bear is an original Macy's character, hailing from Boston as a mascot of Macy's iconic Santaland display.
History with the Macy's Parade
In 1995, the Boston-dwelling, ever-so-cuddly Eben Bear made his Macy's Parade debut. Recycled from the Snuggle Bear balloon, the 62-foot tall Eben carried a tasty candy cane confection in his right paw as he sported a large red winter hat, green vest, and a red-and-green striped stocking. During the cuddly critter's third Parade appearance, gusty winds caused the Cat In The Hat balloon to spiral out of control and critically injured four people. It was decided that the last two balloons, Eben Bear and Miss Petula Pig, would be removed from the Parade for safety concerns at 77th Street. Because of this, as well as possible time restrictions, he nor Petula was mentioned on the NBC telecast. The balloon would return in the 1998 Parade, only to be retired shortly after. The current whereabouts of the balloon remain unknown.
The balloon would later be referenced in the 1999 edition of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade snowglobe collection, appearing as a small-scale sculpt alongside other Parade characters such as Bullwinkle, Big Bird, Barney, and the Rugrats.
- In 1996, Eben's right hand was partially deflated.
- Before his removal in 1997, his nose and right arm were both low on helium.
- In 1998, his candy cane was missing.