Here is the lineup used for the 45th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Due to extreme winds and rain, no balloons were able to fly in the 1971 Parade.

  • Smile (Harvey Ball) (Wasn't Inflated/Removed from Parade) - 1st time
  • Bullwinkle (Macy's) (Wasn't Inflated/Removed from Parade) - 11th time
  • Smokey Bear (General Electric Company) (Removed from Parade) - 6th time
  • Linus the Lionhearted (Macy's) (Wasn't Inflated/Removed from Parade) - 8th time
  • Happy Dragon (Macy's) (Removed from Parade) - 11th time
  • Astronaut Snoopy (United Media) (Removed from Parade) - 3rd time
  • Dino the Dinosaur (Sinclair Oil Corporations) (Wasn't Inflated/Removed from Parade) - 9th time
  • Donald Duck (Walt Disney Productions) (Wasn't Inflated/Removed from Parade) - 10th time
  • Mickey Mouse (Walt Disney Productions) (Wasn't inflated/Removed from Parade) - 1st time
  • Underdog (Macy's) (Wasn't Inflated/Removed from Parade) - 7th time


Specialty Units

  • Disney Wagon (Walt Disney Productions) - 3rd time
  • Buckboard (Retired) - 5th and last time
  • Airplane - 4th time

Toy Floats

  • Alli the Alligator - 2nd time
  • The Tortoise and the Hare - 4th time

Marching Bands

  • The Cisco Junior College Wrangler Band & Wrangler Belles (Texas)
  • McDonald's All-American Marching Band (U.S.A)
  • Wagner College Seahawk Marching Band (New York)
  • Liberty Colonial High School Marching Grenadiers (Florida)
  • The Archbishop Wood High School Marching Band (Pennsylvania)

Guest Stars

  • Tania Solnik (Doodlebug)
  • The Temptations (Broadway Belle Showboat)
  • Todd Trombetta (The Story Book Train)
  • Sonny James (Buckboard)
  • Sammi Smith
  • Bobby Vinton (Cinderella's Carriage)
  • Tommy Tune (The Boy Friend)
  • Lynn Anderson (The Jungle Toy)

Pre Parade Acts

  • Doc Severinsen
  • Tania Solnik


  • Betty White - 9th Time
  • Lorne Greene - 9th Time
  • Joe Garagiola (Pre Parade Host) - 4th Time
  • Randy Paar (Pre Parade Host) - 1st Time


Gallery: 1971 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Balloon Inflation

The night before, in blustery weather and high winds, the crew from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company attempted to inflate the balloons. Tarps were laid out end to end, dotted with hundreds of sandbags and the deflated balloons were carefully laid out in their scheduled order of appearance. Three of the 10 balloons (Snoopy, Smokey Bear, and Happy Dragon) managed to be inflated, but then came trouble. Among the inflation, Happy Dragon's head was severely damaged. Despite Smokey Bear surviving the night, his hat was damaged so badly that it required parcel replacement and extensive repair, but he still was damaged the least. The worst damage of all came to Snoopy, who was largely inflated and the winds were so fierce that it wrapped him around the cab of the helium truck. Goodyear and officials from Macy's made the decision to cease balloon inflation, removing all the balloons for safety reasons, and declare that the 45th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade would go on.

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