Yogi Bear is a cartoon character from Hanna-Barbera. Since his debut in 1958, he became the first breakout character from that studio and went on to appear in additional animated television shows, as well as comic books and films. At the height of his popularity, he was even better known than fellow Hanna-Barbera character Huckleberry Hound, who predated him.
History with the Macy's Parade
Before his debut, Yogi made an appearance as a walk-around back in 1978, as he was at Herald Square in the NBC Booth along with Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble. In 1983, a Yogi balloon debuted in the Macy's Parade, becoming the final balloon that year. That same year, he appeared on a float called "A Hanna-Barbera Christmas" as a costumed character alongside many other Hanna-Barbera characters, as they cleaned up the streets of Broadway. He made subsequent appearances in 1984 and 1985 when the balloon was retired. Yogi made an additional appearance in the 1986 Macy's-Egleston Christmas Parade (along with balloons like Donald Duck and Aviator Snoopy). Sometime after this, the balloon was disposed of likely due to wear-and-tear. As Yogi has faded into obscurity, he has yet to made another Macy's Parade appearance.
As a walk-around character
Over five years after his retirment, Yogi appeared as a walkaround in 1991, utilizing the design seen in the short-lived cartoon titled Yo-Yogi.
- Yogi Bear was the last of three balloons to be produced by Kemp Balloons Inc. After that, the role of making new balloons was turned over to Raven Industries, which produced the balloons from 1984 to 2019.
- During the Yogi balloon's designing stages, it was proposed for him to be holding a picnic basket in one of his hands, as a nod to the actual character's habit of stealing vacant picnic baskets at every opportunity. However, this would not make it into the final product as it would make the balloon way too heavy.
- The Bear Comes Over the Mountain (Milton Delugg version) (1983-1985)
- In 1983, Yogi's left leg was punctured by an unknown object.
- In 1985, Yogi was pushed around by high winds at Central Park West, but the balloon wasn't damaged.
- In 1985, Yogi's hat was a little deflated.