Pinocchio is the name a variant of common pinolo ("pine seed"), or "pine's eye" ("occhio", the Italian word for eye), is a fictional character and the protagonist of the children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883) by Italian writer Carlo Collodi. Carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a village near Florence, Italy, he was created as a wooden puppet but dreamed of becoming a real boy. He lies often, giving him his signature growing nose.
History with the Macy's Parade
The identity of Pinocchio was first transformed into a balloon for the 1937 Parade and featured his signature ever-growing 44-foot-long or 68-foot-long nose (newspaper reports of its length varied). The balloon appeared until 1939 when it was retired after the usual three-year career. Another version of Pinocchio is yet to be made, despite the Disney movie that came out in 1940, and fairy tale, still being popular.
Although Pinocchio has yet to make another appearance in the form of a giant balloon, a walk-around version of himself appeared on a birthday cake float to celebrate Mickey's 40th Birthday, alongside many other Disney characters. He later appeared in 1981 alongside walkarounds of Chip & Dale and fellow guest star Larry Kert as part of one of the pre-parade activities and then in 2005 to celebrate Walt Disney World's 10th Anniversary as one of the characters that appeared in 2005 on the Ship of Dreams float, which was used to celebrate the "Happiest Homecoming on Earth", which itself was celebrating 50 Years of Disneyland.
Listed below are the guest stars that have performed/appeared on the float, alongside the respective songs which they sang during the NBC Telecast.
- 1961 - Connie Francis; sang "Baby's First Christmas"
- 1962 - Dean Jones
Pinocchio in Outer Space
- 1965 - Arnold Stang