Willie the Red Bird is a giant character balloon from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
History with the Macy's Parade
Willie the Red Bird first flew the coop in the 1932 Parade, and like many balloons from that time frame, was an original Macy's character. The balloon also appeared outside of the main Parade, at a holiday Parade in New Jersey.
The balloon was disposed of shortly after its retirement, and Willie is not expected to return to the Parade lineup because of this and his obscurity.