Top 10 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Accidents

Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Nov 26, 2013 in Personal Injury

Each year, bystanders and people all over the world wait anxiously to see the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. While these balloons usually float along effortlessly, they have been known to cause disruptions in the parade from time to time. Beginning in 1924, the Thanksgiving Day Parade was originally known as the Macys Christmas Parade and started with employees featuring animals from the Central Park Zoo.

It wasn't until 1927 when the parade would debut its first signature giant balloon, Felix the Cat, which would begin the star-studded roster featuring over 100 of the world's most famous characters. While many of these balloons float effortlessly through the streets of New York City, there are several balloons which have caused trouble over the years.

The following includes the top 10 Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon accidents:

  1. Felix the Cat (1927) - Felix the Cat became tangled in telephone wires and caught on fire. The fire was extinguished, however, Felix would be removed from the parade. He was the first giant balloon in the parade, the first giant balloon accident, and certainly not the last.

    Felix the Cat Accident in 1927

  2. Popeye the Sailor (1957)Popeyes hat featured an indentation in the top of his hat which filled with water when it began to rain. This would cause him to veer off course over a crowd of people, only to dump the freezing cold rainwater all over everyone.

    Popeye the Sailor Man Freezing Rain Accident

  3. Kermit the Frog (1985)Kermit was the first balloon to tear open when he became caught on something. This caused him to quickly deflate over the crowd. No one was injured.

    Kermit the Frog Deflates

  4. Superman (1986)Superman got stuck in a tree, which caused his arm to tear off. No injuries were sustained.

    Superman Gets Stuck in a Tree

  5. Sonic The Hedgehog (1993)Sonic was the parade's first video game mascot. Unfortunately, he crashed into a Columbus Circle lamppost, then into an off-duty police officer, causing minor injuries. Sonic did not return to the parade again until 2011.

    Sonic the Hedgehog Crashes Into Columbus Circle

  6. Barney (1994)Barney would also be torn on a lamppost causing him to rapidly deflate. Thankfully handlers were able to steer him to a location where damages were cared for. No one was injured.

    Barney Torn Apart by Lamppost

  7. Cat in the Hat (1997)The Cat in the Hat would crash into a lamppost due to high winds causing debris to fall on a bystander. The debris would fracture the bystander's skull leaving her in a coma for a month. Following this incident, size rules were implemented for future parades.

    Cat in the Hat Balloon Fractures Bystander's Skull

  8. M&Ms (2005)The M&Ms would become caught on a lamppost in Time Square causing debris to fall on two sisters causing minor injuries.

    MM Float Leads to Minor Injuries

  9. Keith Haring-inspired balloon (2008)This balloon would strike the NBC Broadcast Booth causing Al Roker, Meredith Viera, and Matt Lauer to be cut off the air until the balloon was cleared away.

    Keith Haring-inspired balloon Crashes Into NBC booth

  10. Kool-Aid Man (2011) The Kool-Aid Man was tipped over when he became deflated, the incident did not result in any injuries

Kool-Aid Man Tips Over

As this years Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade draws near, we can only hope there will be no accidents with these gigantic balloons. The three-hour parade can be viewed on NBC at 9:00 AM Thanksgiving Day. Phillips Law Group wishes everyone a safe Thanksgiving Day.

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