"Fall is in the air...literally! These two Pumpkins are the pick of the patch!" -- Official Website, 2013-2017
The Pumpkins are novelty balloons from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
History with the Macy's Parade
The picks of the patch made their first Parade appearance in the 1992 Parade and were based on the Jack O'Lantern balloon from the 1940's. These balloons were quite small in size and were anchored down by Parade participants wearing simple pilgrim outfits. In 1993. The balloons were updated when a trio of leaves was added on the top of both balloons. These pumpkin balloons would appear until 1998 when they were retired.
A new pair of pumpkins made their debut in the 2003 Parade. These pumpkins were much larger than their previous incarnation and featured much more prominent colors throughout their design. These balloons had a trio of leaves that were added on the top of both balloons Like the former balloons, they would follow Tom Turkey down the Parade route up until their retirement shortly after the 2011 Parade. Additionally, one of the pumpkins would appear at the 2007 edition of Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Orlando Resort.
The third and most recent pumpkin balloon debuted in the 2012 Parade and were very close in design to the previous balloons. These pumpkins deviated from their previous counterparts as they did not feature any leaves, most likely in an attempt to give them a "realistic" look. These balloons appeared until 2017, when they were briefly retired, only to be reinstated to the Parade lineup in 2019, following the Cornucopia float en route to 34th Street. Additionally, one of the pumpkins was used at a September 2014 test flight, alongside Julius the Sock Monkey.