White Macy's Stars are novelty balloons from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
History with the Macy's Parade
Before the Parade
The first novelty stars would appear alongside the brand-new Raggedy Ann balloon in 1984, as she made her first ever test flight at a Macy's store, making them the first novelties to be made for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. They wouldn't appear in the main Parade until the following year.
The Tradition Star-ts
They first appeared in 1985, which began the tradition of having star-shaped balloons in the Macy's Parade. These versions of the White Stars were very small and were more exaggerated than the current Macy's Starbase. They were retired the same year, but only to be given redesigns the following year, with the introduction of the current round-edged starbase that is still used in today's era of the parade. These stars would go on to lead the parade every year, alongside alternate counterparts with green fonts appearing in later points, until 1998, when they were both retired.
New White Stars debuted the following year in 1999, with the only difference being it having a bolder Macy's text. They continued to lead the parade until 2000 when their former place was taken by the 75th Parade Stars the following year, leading to them instead of appearing in later points in the parade. They would do so until 2007 when they were ultimately retired. However, in 2012, one White Star returned to lead the "All the World Loves a Parade" banner, only to be retired again after 2014.
In addition to appearing in the main parade, the White Stars have made subsequent appearances in the Macy's Holiday Parade, most notably in 2013, where they replaced the Macy's Green Stars that traditionally appeared at the beginning and at the end of the Holiday Parade.