Howdy Doody was an American children's television program that was created and produced by E. Roger Muir and telecast on NBC from 1947 to 1960. It was a pioneer in children's television programming and set the pattern for many similar shows. One of the first television series produced at NBC in Rockefeller Center, in Studio 3A, it was also one of the first television shows to be produced in color.
History with the Macy's Parade
With the immense success of the Howdy Doody television series, Macy's partnered with NBC to create a brand-new balloon based on the program for the 1949 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The balloon featured the show's titular character, Howdy Doody, hanging from a balloon that was adorned with the faces of other characters from the TV series, such as Mister Bluster and Ranger Bob. Despite the series being popular, The balloon was retired the same year.
Since the balloon's retirement, Howdy Doody has been represented in the parade multiple times through live appearances. In 1961 and 1976, the Howdy Doody character appeared as a walk-around character, riding aboard the Tom Turkey float during the latter year's Parade.
In 1987, the walk-around version of Howdy Doody once again appeared in the Parade, following close behind the Woody Woodpecker balloon alongside Clarabell the Clown and Buffalo Bob Smith.
The character was last represented in the Parade in 1988, through the form of a classic ventriloquist puppet. Since the aforementioned appearance, the Parade has been without any Howdy Doody representation.