13 Times Comics Characters Soared in the MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

Look Up in the Sky… It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman (and others)!


In 1924, Macy’s had its first Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Just three years later, the character balloon was introduced into the parade… and the first was Felix the Cat!

Here are 13 comic strip and comic book characters that have appeared in the parade over the last nearly 100 years.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

Felix the Cat (1930 parade)

Mama from “The Katzenjammer Kids” (1930)

Mickey Mouse at an airplane hangar prior to the parade (1934)

Ad for Superman at the Parade

Superman (1940)

Mighty Mouse (1956)

Popeye (1959)

Bullwinkle (1961)

Donald Duck (1962)

Superman (1966)

Betty Boop (1987)

Underdog (the 1980s)

Spider-Man (2000)


— Dig in! Here’s BATMAN’s THANKSGIVING MENU. Click here.

— A BATMAN THANKSGIVING: A Poster, a Costume and a Brother’s Love. Click here.

PETER BOSCH’s first book, American TV Comic Books: 1940s-1980s – From the Small Screen to the Printed Pagehas just been published by TwoMorrows. He has written articles and conducted celebrity interviews for various magazines and newspapers. Peter lives in Hollywood.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours

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  2. Wonderful! I remember waiting to see the Bullwinkle balloon on TV when I was a kid! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. This is so great, thank you!

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