Humpty Dumpty is a character in an English nursery rhyme, probably originally a riddle and one of the best known in the English-speaking world. He is typically portrayed as an anthropomorphic egg, though he is not explicitly described as such. The first recorded versions of the rhyme date from late eighteenth-century England and the tune from 1870 in James William Elliott's National Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Songs. Its origins are obscure, and several theories have been advanced to suggest original meanings.
The character of Humpty Dumpty was popularised in the United States by actor George L. Fox (1825–1877). As a character and literary allusion, he has appeared or been referred to in many works of literature and popular culture, particularly English author Lewis Carroll's 1871 book Through the Looking-Glass, in which he was described as an egg. The rhyme is listed in the Roud Folk Song Index as No. 13026.
History with the Macy's Parade
Humpty Dumpty (1973)
Humpty Dumpty first appeared in the parade as a push float in 1973. He was retired in 1976. The float was sold to the worlds of fun amusement park at an auction in 1977.
Humpty Dumpty (1986)
He returned in 1986 in the form of a balloon (recycled from the Weeble balloon). He retired the same year, but that wasn't the only time he was seen, as he was used as a cold-air inflatable for the 1987 edition of Macy's Flower Show. Years later, the balloon was disposed of despite only making one appearance.
The Magical World of Mother Goose (1991)
In 1991, he returned in the form of a falloon on the Magical World of Mother Goose Float. He also appeared at the Macy's New York Christmas event at Disney's MGM Studios in Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in 1992. The falloon continued to appear until 1998, when he was retired.
Tom Otterness' Humpty Dumpty (2005)
In 2005, a new Humpty Dumpty balloon was created by Tom Otterness as the very first entry of the Blue Sky Gallery. A separate article for this balloon can be read here.
- Humpty Dumpty was the 100th balloon to be produced for the Parade.
- Humpty Dumpty is the first one-time giant balloon in the Parade.
- In 1986, his leg got too close to a tree branch when the balloon began it's march, causing it to rip, and his hand was also punctured further on.