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"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 1945. 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 where they were retired, making seven appearances.

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 down the route to 34th Street. Additionally, one of the pumpkins was used at a September 2014 test flight, alongside Julius the Sock Monkey.

The duo of pumpkins were originally scheduled to appear in the re-imagined 2020 Parade, and were to be flown down 34th Street by a group of mask-clad handlers. However, as was the case with almost every other novelty balloon scheduled to appear, they were omitted from the lineup mere weeks before filming, as rising cases of COVID-19 caused the number of Parade participants to be slashed from 75% to 88%.

But the pandemic will not entirely wilt and rot the pumpkin pair as the pumpkins made a returning appearance in the 2021 Macy's Parade.

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