The Gold Macy's Starflakes are a set of novelty balloons from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
History with the Macy's Parade
The first set of Gold Starflakes made their Parade debut in November of 2017 at the press preview of the then-brand-new Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's. The starflakes would serve as the final balloons in the Parade, following closely behind Santa's Sleigh.
Weeks later, another set of starflakes would debut in the main Parade, serving the same purpose as their Universal brethren, as they followed Santa's Sleigh en route to 34th Street. In 2018, the starflakes were replaced by the Red "Believe" Stars and were moved to another point in the lineup.
In 2019, during overnight preparation, one of the Gold Starlakes ended up escaping from the staging area due to the strong winds, causing it to go flying across the street and burst after making contact with a nearby building. It was quickly deflated and removed from the line of march because of this mishap. As a result, the handlers of that balloon would help with the remaining Gold Starflake. The balloons retired after the 2019 Parade.
One of the Gold Starflakes was used for a test flight in early October of 2020, as a test subject for the new handling method that was put in place following the ongoing 2019-20 COVID-19 pandemic.