Hello Kitty (also called Kitty White) is a fictional character of Japanese origin, created by Yuko Shimizu and owned by Sanrio. Depicted as a young anthropomorphic Japanese bobtail cat with a sweet, cute, cheerful, and kind-hearted image, she was created in 1974 and has since become a marketing phenomenon, and a staple of the kawaii segment of Japanese popular culture.
History with the Macy's Parade
Hello Kitty's first appearence in the parade wasn't a balloon... it first appeared as a walkaround character in the Fruit Juice Valley in the 1995 Parade along with other Sanrio Characters that includes Keroppi,Pochacco ecc.
After 1995 she never returned but Throughout the years, Hello Kitty has had two balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, with the first one being debuted in 2007. The first design shows Hello Kitty with a "super cute superhero" design, including a yellow cape, blue tiara and her signature red bow. This balloon made its last flight in 2011.
In 2012, a new and improved Hello Kitty balloon took flight, being based of of her signature yellow airplane. She also features an updated color pallet. She now sports her casual red and blue shirt and,of course, her signature yellow bow, which comes in at 6 feet wide, tops the balloon off. After the 2017 Parade she was retired. It is possible that she may make another appearance in the form of a new balloon due to her being still seen as popular.