A Smurf is a small, blue creature belonging to a fictional anthropomorphous species created by Belgian comic artist Pierre "Peyo" Culliford. The Smurfs, who live in mushroom-shaped houses in a forest, appear as more than 100 distinct characters, with names based on words that emphasize their characteristics or professions. Though they began as comics characters, they gained a place in American pop culture through an animated cartoon series aired on NBC and produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions from 1981 to 1989.

History with the Macy's Parade

Smurf made his debut in 2008 for the 50th anniversary of The Smurfs comics franchise alongside Buzz Lightyear and Horton. The last Parade to feature him, the 2011 Parade, renamed him as "Clumsy Smurf" to promote these characters' new live-action/CGI feature film which was released that year, where members of the Smurf clan were voiced by actors like Jonathan Winters and Katy Perry. The balloon was later used on September 14th, 2014 to help celebrate the grand opening of the Bay Plaza Mall. He hasn't been seen since this appearance.

He also appeared as a walk-around along with his friends Papa Smurf and Smurfette in 2008 on the "Smurfs Mushroom House" float. He was replaced by the Papa Smurf balloon the following year.

See also


Below, you will find a list of the music tracks that played during the balloon's appearance on the NBC telecast.

  • "The Smurf Song (La La Song)" Instrumental (2008-2011)
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