Do you know what Bullwinkle, Underdog, Linus The Lionhearted, The Pink Panther, The Simpsons and Rugrats have in common? They all have balloons in the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
On Thanksgiving 1997 (11/27/1997), a Rugrats balloon has joined Arthur (the Aardvark), Bumpé (a Swedish children's character) and Ms. Petula Pig (a Macy's character) in making their debuts in the 71st edition of this parade. This parade also featured its first "falloon" (combination float and balloon, featuring the balloon of "The Snow Family" and the cast of the "All New Captain Kangaroo" on the float), sponsored by The (Fox / ABC) Family Channel.
The Rugrats balloon design, which features Tommy and Chuckie on top of Spike, is the first balloon in parade history to feature 3 characters on a single balloon, and the most intricate; this is also Nick's first balloon ever in the parade.
The balloon was used in the Macy's parade from 1997 to 2001.
The Rugrats Balloon, "in the flesh".
(from Nickelodeon Magazine, November 1997,
©1997 by Viacom.)
As for what the balloon may look like on the street, heres an artist's
(from a contest ad in the September 1997 issue of Nickelodeon Magazine; © 1997 by Viacom. Macy's logo is a registered trade mark of the R.H. Macy Co., a Federated Stores company.)
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