Tuesday, November 26, 2013


In 1927, a Felix The Cat balloon caught in some telephone wires and caught fire. The fire was put out, but Felix was removed from the parade.

In 1957, a Popeye the Sailor balloon's hat filled with water during heavy rain, which caused the balloon to go off-course and pour water on the crowd.

In 1982, the Bullwinkle balloon sprang a catastrophic nose leak just a few blocks shy of the finish line.

In 1985, the Kermit the Frog balloon tore at the stomach. No one was injured.

In 1986, a Raggedy Ann balloon crashed into a lamppost and sent a lamp into the street. The same year, a Superman balloon had its hand torn off by a tree. Neither incident caused any injuries.

In 1993, high winds pushed the Rex the Dinosaur balloon into a street light and caused his head to pop and the Sonic the Hedgehog balloon crashed into a lamppost at Columbus Circle and injured an off-duty police officer.

In 1994, the Barney balloon tore its side on a lamppost, but no one was injured.

In 1995, the Dudley the Dragon balloon that was leading the parade was speared and deflated on a lamppost and showered glass on the crowd below.

In 1997, high winds pushed the Cat in the Hat balloon into a lamppost.  The falling debris struck a parade-goer, fracturing her skull and leaving her in a coma for a month. Size rules were implemented the next year, eliminating larger balloons like the Cat in the Hat. The same high winds also caused the New York City Police Department to stab and stomp down the Barney balloon over crowd concerns. They also stabbed a Pink Panther balloon for the same reason. Neither of the last two balloons actually caused any injuries.

In 2000, Rocky was not seen on Bullwinkle, Rocky deflated during the inflation.

In 2005, the M & M's chocolate candies balloon caught on a streetlight in Times Square. Two sisters were struck by falling debris, suffering minor injuries. As a result, new safety rules were introduced.  Those rules came in handy for the 2006 parade, as balloons were lowered because of rain and high winds. The M & M's balloon was retired after 2006, and replaced by a float saluting Broadway theatre and musicals. Additionally, the Barney Balloon was nearly blown away, and his foot got ripped by a street light.

In 2008, a Keith Haring-inspired balloon hit the NBC Broadcast Booth.

In 2010, high winds pushed the SpongeBob SquarePants balloon into a lampost, but it was freed.

In 2011, the Kool Aid Man balloon was tipped over when it became deflated.


Thanks, SUNNY:  http://planetrambles.blogspot.com/

 Gusty Thanksgiving Winds May Ground Macy's Balloons: http://www.ksfy.com/story/24065497/gusty-thanksgiving-winds-may-ground-macys-balloons


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