The area of the Macy's Parade Studio where the Parade's giant balloons are stored in the off-season. (Photo Courtesy of Business Insider)

Throughout its 90-plus year history, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has housed over 200 individual giant balloons, novelty balloons, balloonicles, cold-air inflatables, and more. With the longevity of the Parade's history, the majority of the balloons used before the 2000s have been disposed of due to deterioration and overall wear and tear of the balloon.

Below, you will find a presumably complete and comprehensive list of balloons and balloon spin-offs that still exist, sorted into their most recent storing location.

Balloons stored in the Macy's Parade Studio

Giant Balloons

Novelty Balloons

  • Poinsettias (1988-1995; 2004-2008)
  • Harold the Fireman (2nd version, 2009-2017; 2019)
  • Red & Green Candy Cane (2009-2016 (Universal), 2014; 2017; 2019 (Main Parade)
  • Pumpkins (3rd versions, 2012-2017; 2019)
  • Wiggle Worm (3rd version, 2014-2016; 2019)
  • Yellow Macy's Stars (2nd versions, 2015-2019)
  • Red "Believe" Stars (2nd versions, 2015-2016; 2018-Present)
  • Blue & White Macy's Stars (2nd versions, 2017-2019)
  • Gold Macy's Starflakes (2017-2019)
  • Opening Macy's Stars (2018-Present)
  • Little Cloud (2018)
  • Sunny the Snowpal (2018)
  • Americana Spheres (2nd Version, 2018)
  • Ice Cream Cone (4th version, 2019)
  • Santa Starflakes (2021-Present)

Heritage Balloons

  • The Nutcracker (2018-Present)
  • Yayoi Kusama's "Love Flies Up to the Sky" (2019-2020)
  • Smokey Bear (2019-Present)

Balloons stored in the Macy's Float Warehouse

Giant Balloons

  • Happy Dragon (1st Version, 1960-1964, 1966-1981, 1991-1992) (Last Confirmed: 2016)
  • Smokey Bear (1st Version, 1966-1981, 1993) (Last Confirmed: July 2019)
  • Woody Woodpecker (1982-1996) (Last Confirmed: November 2016)
  • Betty Boop (1985-1987, 1991-1992, 1995-1996)
  • Ronald McDonald (1st Version, 1987-1990, 1993-1994)
  • Snoopy and Woodstock (4th Version, 1988-1995)
  • Bugs Bunny (1989-1992) (Last Confirmed: November 2016)
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog (1990-1996, 2000-2004) (Last Confirmed: 2015)
  • Babar the Elephant (1991-1992)
  • Santa Goofy (1992)
  • Beethoven the Dog (1993-1995, 2008)
  • Izzy (1993-1995)
  • Barney the Dinosaur (1st Version, 1994-2002)
  • The Cat in the Hat (1994-1997) (Last Confirmed: November 2016)
  • SkyDancer (1995-1996)
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle (1996, 1999-2000)
  • Peter Rabbit (1996-1998)
  • Arthur Read (1997-2001, 2003)
  • Rugrats (1997-2001)
  • Bumpé (1997)
  • Dexter (1998-2000)
  • Millennium Snoopy (1999-2001)
  • Honey Nut Cheerios Bee (1999-2001)
  • Blue the Dog (1999-2002)
  • Bandleader Mickey Mouse (2000)
  • Jeeves the Butler (2000-2002, 2004)
  • Ronald McDonald (2nd Version, 2000-2008)
  • Cassie from Dragon Tales (2000-2001)
  • Curious George (2001) (Last Confirmed: November 2016)
  • Pikachu (1st Version, 2001-2005)
  • Big Bird (2nd Version, 2001-2006)
  • Jimmy Neutron (2001-2003)
  • Cheesasaurus Rex (2001-2003) (Last Confirmed: November 2016)
  • Charlie Brown and the Elusive Football (1st version, 2002-2005, 2012)
  • Little Bill (2002-2004)
  • Mr. Monopoly (2002-2004)
  • Kermit the Frog (2002-2004, 2007-2012)
  • "Strike up the Band" Barney (2003-2005)
  • Super Grover (2003-2006)
  • Garfield and Pookie (2nd Version, 2003-2006)
  • M&M's Brighten the Holidays (2004-2006) (Last Confirmed: November 2016)
  • Chicken Little (2004-2005) (Last Confirmed: 2011)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants (2004-2006, 2008-2012)
  • Scooby-Doo (2005-2007)
  • Dora The Explorer (2005 - 2009)
  • Healthy Mr. Potato Head (2005-2007)
  • Jojo's Circus (2005-2007)
  • Flying Ace Snoopy (2006-2011)
  • Pikachu and his Pokéball (2nd Version, 2006-2013)
  • Abby Cadabby (2007-2009)
  • "Supercute" Hello Kitty (1st Version, 2007-2011)
  • Shrek (2007-2010)
  • Smurf (2008-2011)
  • Buzz Lightyear (2008-2013)
  • Horton the Elephant (2008-2010)
  • Spider-Man (2nd Version, 2009-2014)
  • Ronald McDonald (3rd Version, 2009-2014)
  • Sailor Mickey Mouse (4th Version, 2009-2012)
  • Greg Heffley (1st Version, 2010-2015)
  • Po from Kung Fu Panda (2010-2012)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2nd Version, 2011-2013)
  • Hello Kitty (2nd version, 2012-2017)
  • Papa Smurf (2012-2014)
  • Adventure Time with Finn and Jake (2013-2015)
  • Wizard of Oz Hot-Air Balloon (2013)
  • Thomas the Tank Engine (2014-2016)
  • Paddington Bear (2014-2016)
  • Skylanders' Eruptor (2014-2016)
  • Ice Age's Scrat & His Acorn (2015-2017)
  • Angry Birds' Red (2015-2017)

Novelty Balloons

  • Arrtie the Pirate (1st version, 2007-2010)
  • Arrtie the Pirate (2nd version, 2015, 2018)
  • Baseball (2nd version, 2007-2014; 2016)
  • Basketball (2nd version, 2009-2012)
  • Beach Ball Clusters (2007-2011, 2014)
  • Big Man Santa (1st version, 2009-2012)
  • Big Man Santa (2nd version, 2014-2016)
  • Green Candy Cane (2006-2009)
  • Red Candy Cane (2004-2013, 2015-2016)
  • Sesquicentennial Hot Air Balloon (2002-2003; 2008)
  • Chloe the Holiday Clown (2nd version)
  • Chloe the Holiday Clown (3rd version)
  • Charlie the Holiday Elf (1st version, 2000-2012)
  • Charlie the Holiday Elf (2nd version, 2013-2017)
  • Kit the Holiday Elf (1st version, 2004-2012)
  • C.J. the Holiday Elf (1st version, 2004-2013)
  • Gazer the Elf (2011)
  • Flying Fish (1996-2008; 2013)
  • Football (2nd version, 2006-2011, 2014)
  • Football (3rd version, 2013)
  • Fredia the Dachshund (2003-2005; 2009; 2011)
  • Harold the Policeman (2011-2016)
  • Tom Otterness' Humpty Dumpty (2005-2006)
  • Ice Cream Cone (1st version, 1987-2002)
  • Ice Cream Cone (2nd version, 2003-2011)
  • Ice Cream Cone (3rd version, 2006-2007)
  • Jeff Koon's Rabbit (2007)
  • KaiKai & Kiki (2010)
  • Keith Haring's Figure with Heart (2008)
  • Miss Petula Pig (1997; 1999)
  • Planet Earth (2007-2013)
  • Soccer Ball (2012)
  • Tim Burton's "B" (2011)

See also

  • For a list of balloons that were disposed of and no longer exist, see here.
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