The Hummingbird is a character that appeared in the form of a giant helium balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
History with the Macy's Parade
In 1928, the Parade's soon-to-be signature inflatable icons first graced the skies in New York City. Among these new creations was a 50-foot balloon in the likeness of a real hummingbird.
Like many of its rubber-necked brethren, the balloon was released into the skies of New York City, and was returned to Macy's for a cash prize not long after. The balloon was retired from the Parade after its inaugural appearance, and has yet to return to the Parade in any form.
- Unbeknownst to many, the Hummingbird was the first female balloon in Macy's Parade history. Originally thought to be gender less, the balloon's identity was confirmed in a 1928 newspaper ad.
- The Hummingbird is also the first balloon to be featured on an advertisement for the Parade.