"You didn't think the Yellow Macy's Stars wouldn't show up for the occasion...did you? Watch them shoot their way down the Parade route this year!" -- Official Website, 2013-2016
Yellow Macy's Stars are novelty balloons from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
History with the Macy's Parade
The five-pointed namesake object of Macy's department stores first appeared as a novelty balloon in the 2006 Parade, representing the bright star that led Captain R.H. Macy safely to shore. These stars replaced the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Stars, and were the then-basic star pattern with "Macy's" sprawled across the front and back in red font.
After the Yellow Star's appearance in the 2010 procession, the balloons were part of filming a scene for the 2011 film, Tower Heist. Other Parade elements included in this film include Tom Turkey, the Jolly Polly Pirate Ship, and the Flying Ace Snoopy balloon
These versions of the stars continued to lead the Parade up until their retirement in 2014, when they were retired.
The following year, the Yellow Stars were given a refreshed design, now bearing a more vibrant yellow and red, with rounder, smoother edges. Much like the last versions, they lead the procession from 2015 until 2016.
In 2017, when the Olaf balloon was chosen to lead the Parade, a pair of Blue & White Macy's Stars were made especially for the beloved snowman's first-ever flight. As a result, the Yellow Stars were moved back to a later point in the Parade. They remained at a later point in the Parade in 2018, with the Opening Macy's Stars now leading the Parade. The stars appeared once again in 2019, and were retired altogether afterwards, not being scheduled to make an appearance in the re-imagined 2020 Parade.