History with the Macy's Parade
A 60-foot mammoth Tiger balloon made its debut in the 1928 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, joining with a 40-foot long Sky Elephant and a 50-foot long Hummingbird. When the balloon reached Herald Square, it was released into the blue skies of New York City, in hopes of being found by a very lucky individual. The individual, in question, was 18-year-old Leo Sheppard. He managed to snag the balloon after it had glided off the roof of his home, and was awarded $100 cash. Scores of boys also ripped off parts of the balloon, in hopes of receiving some cash prizes. To these, Tony Sarg gave an autographed copy of his latest book.