History with the Macy's Parade
The Carnivorous Goldfish made his Macy's Christmas Parade debut in the 1928 Parade, as one of the first-ever giant helium balloons to float down the Great White Way. New York-born artist Tony Sarg designed the giant goldfish, and the balloon was constructed in Akron, Ohio at the headquarters of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.
The balloon led from Harlem to Herald Square by King Neptune and a group of twenty pirates, all dressed in yellow with blue bandanas. The Carnivorous Goldfish swam his way down the Parade route, as a 35-foot long specimen, and the proclaimed "biggest goldfish ever".
Upon arriving at the Parade's culmination point at 34th Street, the ballooning behemoth was released from its handling lines and flew thousands of feet up in the air; it was planned to remain afloat for seven to ten days, with citizens able to return the rubber carcass for a $500 reward.
Following the 1928 procession, the Carnivorous Goldfish was retired from the line of march and was disposed shortly after.