Mickey’s Debut At The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Mickey's Debut At The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The very first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in 1924. Just 10 years later, in 1934, Mickey Mouse made his debut in what was at the time called the Macy’s Santa Claus Parade. The balloon which measured 40 feet-tall was designed by Walt Disney and Macy’s Tony Sarg, the man responsible for inventing the marionette inspired parade balloons we know today. To lead Mickey through the parade route, a team of 25 balloon handlers dressed in Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse costumes.

In addition to the giant Mickey Mouse balloon, the 1934 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade also featured several other Disney characters. There was a smaller Pluto balloon and a 12.5 foot-tall Horace Horsecollar balloon. The highly successful Three Little Pigs cartoon was also represented at the  parade with a 34 foot-tall Big Bad Wolf balloon and a 31 foot-tall Little Pig.

Thanks to Jodi at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Heidi at Heidi’s Head, and Mike at My Dreams of Disney for hosting the Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia blog hop! Click the links below for more great Disney trivia!

Photo credit: William J. Crawford / Foter / CC BY

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Kimberly's love of Disney began at an early age and grew even more when her family won a Walt Disney World vacation from a local radio station. She grew up visiting the parks every one to two years and is fascinated by Disney history and trivia. Whether at the parks or at home, Kimberly is constantly looking for hidden Mickeys. She enjoys sharing tips and helping others plan their Disney vacations. In addition to Frontierland Station, she can also be found writing for Park World Travel and selecting music for Park World Radio.

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