Spaceman (also known as The Giant Spaceman) is an original Macy's character and has appeared as a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
History with the Macy's Parade
The Spaceman first appeared in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at 1952, joining characters like Mighty Mouse as part of the balloon selection. He remained a fan favorite all the way until 1959 when he was retired.
- In 1955, his left arm was tangled by a lamppost, causing it to be detached from the balloon and fall into the ground. The balloon also hit a building at 62nd Street, and his red rocket gun was also deflated along the parade route.
- In 1954, the balloon was low on helium.
- In 1959, his head was deflated.