16 Biggest Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Fails

Nov 26, 2014 at 11:43 am |

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition that has been carried out in New York City since 1924. It is the second oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country and has been televised nationally on NBC since 1952.

The 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be the 88th parade– the parade was suspended from 1942–1944 due to World War II. The rubber and helium were needed for the war effort.

Nonetheless, it did not always go so smoothly in the years that the parade did take place. With so many obstacles such as lampposts, tree branches, and strong winds, the balloons can be extremely difficult to navigate.

As a result, we give you the 16 years that 23 of the highflying balloons did not float so well…


Photograph of a television in 343 lines of Felix the Cat, formerly used by NBC

Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

A Felix The Cat balloon, similar to the photo, got caught in telephone wires and caught on fire.

Check out the biggest fails in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade history…