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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Accidents

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Accidents

Keeping the massive, floating character balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade under control is no easy task. Macy’s parade accidents have gotten rarer since the Great Balloon Massacre of 1997 (see entries five and six), but they'll always be a part of the event’s history. The balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the streetlights lining the route have been enemies for decades. The 1997 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was plagued with high winds that led to the most notorious accidents of the event’s history. In 2008 parade, Macy’s debuted a balloon inspired by the art of Keith Haring, and the 48-foot-tall balloon definitely made an impression.

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