Best Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons Introduced in the 1940s


The Top Ten

1 Superman Superman Superman is a comic character. And probably the first powerful superhero in the fictional world. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, high school students living in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1933. It was published by DC comics. The first animated superhero movie was superman. more.

The second decade of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons is highlighted by the first balloon based on a comic book franchise. And DC Comics has that honor by having Superman debut as a balloon in 1940. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

2 Hippo Hippo The common hippopotamus, or hippo, is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae, the other being the pygmy hippopotamus.

Quite oddly, the hippo was one of two balloons along with Superman introduced in 1940. Expect it to have a cartoon-like design given the decade it debuted in. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

3 Bobo the Hobo

This is actually the name of a balloon based on a clown. Can't say much about it, but it's interesting enough to include it on this list. It made its debut in 1945. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

4 The Football Player

A redesigned version of the Superman balloon (why did they have to replace the Man of Steel...? ). First debuted in 1941. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

5 The Baseball Player

A redesigned version of the Bobo the Hobo balloon (guess it must have been a relief for kids and adults with coulrophobia). First debuted in 1946. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

6 The Police Officer

A redesigned version of The Baseball Player from 1946. Wow, all these redesigns are reminding me of that Ed, Edd n Eddy episode Once Bitten, Twice Ed where Eddy kept tweaking all his scam designs. Anyways, this balloon first debuted in 1947. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

7 The Fireman

A redesigned version of The Police Officer (man, they must have really loved redesigning previous parade balloons! Then again, they were probably still recovering from World War II after 1945). That said, this balloon first debuted in 1948. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

8 Toy Soldier

A balloon based on a typical toy soldier figure. First debuted in 1949. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

9 Teddy Bear

I can bet the teddy bear balloon introduced in this decade was all sorts of cartoon-like adorable. Moving on, it first debuted in 1945. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

10 Ice Cream Cone

Mmm, ice cream cone. Sounds like quite a peculiar choice for a parade balloon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but hey, it's worth an honorable mention. Anyways, it first debuted in 1945. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

The Contenders

11 Jiminy Cricket Jiminy Cricket
12 Silly Symphonies
13 Mickey Mouse in Living Colour
14 Disneyland USA
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