Wiggle Worm is a classic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade novelty balloon.
History with the Macy's Parade
Wiggle Worm first wiggled his way down the Parade route in 1993, measuring in at 50-feet long. Parts of the balloon were recycled from the American Star Ornaments. The balloon would appear throughout the Parades in the early-mid 1990s, and was retired from the main Parade after 1996. Despite no longer being seen in the Big Apple, the balloon would appear at Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Orlando Resort from its opening in 2003. After that, the balloon was disposed of. The original balloon would also make an appearance at the 1995 and 1996 editions of Macy's Balloon-A-Thon.
Over ten years after the original balloon had debuted, a brand-new, larger Wiggle Worm balloon would make its debut in the 2004 Parade. The new-and-improved Wiggle Worm balloon measured 70 feet long, 19 feet wide, and 19 feet tall, and was painted with much more vibrant colors than his previous incarnation. The balloon would make on-again, off-again appearances until 2012, when the balloon was retired.
Due to the 2004 balloon growing old, a brand-new Wiggle Worm balloon debuted in the 2014 Parade. The balloon was a nearly-identical copy of the previous balloon, with the addition of more prominent color fades in the balloon's body. The balloon made subsequent appearances in 2015 and 2016, and was briefly retired, before returning in the 2019 Parade.
Although the balloon was scheduled to appear in the 2020 Parade, it was removed from the line of march in mid-October 2020.
This version of Wiggle Worm also appeared in Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Orlando Resort from 2014 to 2016.
- In 2010, Wiggle Worm was punctured by a "One Way" sign when the handlers tried to make the balloon spin. The balloon carried on with a popped face until he soon limped away around 6th Avenue.
- In 2019, a large gust of wind sent the front part of the Wiggle Worm balloon into the air, causing his handlers to loose grip of their handling bones. The handlers were able to regain control of the balloon shortly after, and the Wiggle Worm balloon was lowered to the ground as a result.
- In 2019, the stems on Wiggle Worm's antennas were deflated, most likely due to the pressure exerted by the overnight wind gusts.