Felix the Cat is a funny animal character who appeared in animated cartoons of the silent film era from 1919 to 1930. Created by Pat Sullivan, he was the first cartoon character to attain sufficient popularity among movie audiences. The character later starred in a comic strip, several TV series, and a pair of feature films. In 2002, TV Guide ranked him the 28th-greatest cartoon character of all time.

History with the Macy's Parade

It is very commonly claimed that Felix the Cat was the first character to ever be represented by a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and that he debuted the year balloons were introduced, in 1927. However, contrary to popular belief and the assertions of Macy's itself, Felix was actually the fifth licensed character balloon to float in the parade, with The Katzenjammer Kids being the first balloons in 1929, with his balloon not appearing until 1932. The balloon was retired after only two appearances following the 1933 Parade.

In Between his Balloon Appearances, he appeared as a walk-around on the Hats Off To Our Heritage float.

After a nearly 83-year absence from the parade, Felix returned to the parade in 2016 for the Parade's 90th Anniversary celebrations as a heritage balloon. The brand-new Felix balloon was based on the 1932 design, with him being filled with air and being carried along the route on rods. This balloon only made one appearance and has yet to make a return.

Background Music

Listed below are the music tracks that played during the balloon's appearance on the NBC telecast.

  • Felix the Cat Theme Song (Flute Remix) 


Gallery: Felix the Cat

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