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The 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Had Another Balloon Mishap

The 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Had Another Balloon Mishap

It wouldn’t be the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade without at least one balloon mishap… and it happened again this year.

During the parade, the Snoopy balloon experienced partial deflation — particularly in the area of his hat. The exact cause of the deflation remains uncertain, but it resulted in an obscured view of the lovable character’s face. Additionally, a few other floats encountered partial deflation, notably affecting the hand of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid float.

The weather at the event this year is picture-perfect, so we’re not sure that wind caused any of these issues. Obviously, something got to Snoopy this year, though.

Balloon Blunders Are A Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Staple

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been an enduring tradition on Turkey Day for Americans since its inception in 1924. Almost a century later, families continue to gather around their TV sets to enjoy the event. Occasionally, mishaps involving the iconic parade balloons do occur, making for memorable moments. Regrettably, in some instances, these incidents have resulted in injuries.

The entirety of the 1997 Macy’s Parade unfolded as a colossal balloon mishap. Elevated winds led to the Cat in the Hat balloon colliding with a lamppost, causing a portion to break off and descend onto a nearby spectator. In response, local authorities punctured both the Barney and Pink Panther balloons, deflating them, and adding an unexpected spectacle to the scene.

Following this incident, parade planners implemented significantly stricter rules and regulations concerning balloons and weather conditions. The hope is that such mishaps will be avoided in the future, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable experience for all.