Since then, beloved characters from Felix the Cat (the first balloon) to Kermit the Frog to Sonic the Hedgehog have made an appearance (or two).
Like this Eddie Cantor balloon from the 1940 parade (above).
Cantor was a top singer in vaudeville and on Broadway at the time, but was the bug-eyed star really that popular with the kids of the day?
These days, the reputation of New York City police officers has taken a beating.
Santa Claus of course isn’t a strange choice for a parade balloon.Since the launch of the parade, he’s been at the tail end of the procession, the last float to be welcomed into Herald Square.
What I want to know is, why does this Santa balloon, from the 1939 parade, look like he has a penis attached to his chin?