History with the Macy's Parade
The Young Man on the Flying Trapeze made his Parade debut in 1945, as one of five new balloons to be made after the Parade's hiatus from World War II. The balloon features a young man in a Macy's-branded bodysuit, ad he dangles dangerously below a trapeze that is colored blue, yellow, and orange. The balloon was quietly retired from the main Parade shortly after this appearance.
Over two years after his initial appearance in the 1945 Parade, the Young Man on the Flying Trapeze balloon would travel across the country in January 1948 to appear in that year's edition of the March of Dimes Parade in Los Angeles, California. Five other balloons including the Panda Bear, The Goofy Gnome, Artle the Pirate, the Jack O'Lantern and Officer PAL were inflated and floated down Wilshire Boulevard. The balloons were on loan to Warner Brothers for this appearance.
Later that year, the balloon would be recycled into The Monkey on the High Trapeze, where the figure of the Young Man was replaced by a figure of a dapper monkey.