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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

The world's largest Smurf made his first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance in 2008, soaring down the streets of New York City as a giant helium balloon. Wishing Parade spectators a "Happy Smurfsgiving", the Smurf balloon measures 47 feet tall, 57 feet long, 28 feet wide and is filled with 15,050 cubic feet of helium. The balloon debuted to celebrate the 50th anniversary milestone of The Smurfs franchise, in addition to the then-upcoming live-action film adaption titled "The Smurfs", which was set to be released in 2011.

Joining the Smurf balloon for his holiday jaunt through Manhattan was a falloon depicting a quaint house from the Smurf village, surrounded by the familiar faces of Papa Smurf, Smurfette and Smurf himself.

The Smurf balloon would continue to make appearances in the famed holiday spectacle for several years. In the 2011 Macy's Parade, the balloon was renamed to "Clumsy Smurf", named after the main protagonist of the 2011 live-action Smurfs film. Following this appearance, the Clumsy Smurf balloon was retired from the lineup.

Despite his retirement, the Smurf Mushroom House float would continue to march down the Parade route, now guided by the Papa Smurf balloon.

Though the balloon's retired, the Clumsy Smurf balloon made a special appearance at the Bay Plaza Mall in the summer of 2014. During this appearance, the balloon soared outside the shopping complex as a celebration of a brand-new Macy's store took place.

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