Gorgeous Gobbler is a classic balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
History with the Macy's Parade
Gorgeous Gobbler (1954)
Gorgeous Gobbler first appeared in the 1954 parade. It would make subsequent appearances until 1961 when it was retired after an accident. This balloon hasn't been seen since after the accident and was disposed of many years later.
Gorgeous Gobbler (2003)
In 2003, a recreation of the Gorgeous Gobbler debuted in the 77th Macy's Parade, replacing Tom Turkey as he took a "Thanksgiving Off". The balloon was retired afterwards, as Tom Turkey would return to the lineup the following year. This recreation would be moved to the Macy's Holiday Parade afterwards. It is very unlikely for this balloon will return anytime soon, as Tom Turkey continues to be a Parade staple to this day.
- In 1956, the Gorgeous Gobbler was deflated by a tree at 62nd street and was removed.
- In 1958, the Gorgeous Gobbler could not be carried by the cranes used to keep the balloons afloat that year due to the 1958 government helium ban.
- In 1959 and 1961, the Gorgeous Gobbler's tail was punctured shortly before starting the parade.
- In 1961, the Gorgeous Gobbler's nose was torn off by a tree at the start of the parade. Due to this, it was decided to remove his head altogether.
- In 2003, the recreation ended up getting its back feathers shredded by a tree along the parade route.