Did these cartoon characters have a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon in the 1960s?

Was that Snoopy or Bamm-Bamm passing by? You tell us!

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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a hallmark of Thanksgiving tradition. Starting in 1924, the parade is presented by the department store every year. The biggest event in the day is the grand finale — the arrival of Santa Claus on his sleigh!

The second most anticipated spectacle is, of course, the balloons, each one as large as a building, harnessed to dozens of volunteers. Everyone has a floating friend or two that they look for each year, and every year audiences anticipate which new additions are added to the lineup.

Many cartoon and novelty characters have come and gone over the years: Fred Flinstone, Betty Boop and Yogi Bear are just a few of the many animated celebrities to come and go. 

We're putting your holiday memory to the test. See if you can recall if these popular cartoon characters had a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade during the Sixties. Good luck!

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  1. Bullwinkle J. Moose
  2. Atom Ant
  3. Snoopy
  4. Snagglepuss
  5. Smokey Bear
  6. Donald Duck
  7. George of the Jungle
  8. Linus the Lionhearted
  9. DINO the Sinclair Oil Apatosaurus
  10. Birdman
  11. Superman
  12. Huckleberry Hound
  13. Underdog
  14. Bamm-Bamm Rubble
  15. Felix the Cat

Did these cartoon characters have a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon in the 1960s?

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DuanneWalton 17 days ago
You got 12 out of 15
You're a top-notch balloon spotter! Nicely done!
MrBill 24 days ago
10/15; lots of guesswork - I have never been much of a fan of TV parades.
CouchPotato19 MrBill 18 days ago
I don't like giant balloons..........they freak me out. Giant Mardi Gras heads are scary as all heck, too!
JohnDRipper 24 days ago
12/15 not bad for someone who hasn't seen more than 10 mins of the parade in ages...
Pacificsun 26 days ago
Not a clue! Maybe it would've helped my score to have actually seen the parade!!
Rickey 1 month ago
You got 13 out of 15
You're a top-notch balloon spotter! Nicely done!
Runeshaper 1 month ago
You got 11 out of 15
You certainly know a thing or two about parade balloons! Good work!

Not too shabby!
JeffTanner 1 month ago
You know MeTV, it would be nice if you could get and air the 1960's Superman cartoon series, as well as the 1950's ''Adventures of Superman'' starring George Reeves, on Super SciFi Saturday Night, instead of Wonder Woman and Sven Goolie. Thank You.
Pacificsun JeffTanner 26 days ago
Well they'll never get rid of Sven. And that's okay considering his massive fans! But they could rotate in Superman, would be fun. And find a place for another cartoon!

By the way, whatever happened to Batman!
JeffTanner 1 month ago
''You got 10 out of 15'' -------------You certainly know a thing or two about parade balloons! Good work!
KellyShort 1 month ago
You got 9 out of 15
You certainly know a thing or two about parade balloons! Good work! Not into TV parades
RobCertSDSCascap 1 month ago
Sorry. I was 1 when the 1960s ended.
...and I was 1 in the beginning of the 60's! ☺️
"May you live in interesting times!"
Utzaake 1 month ago
12/15. The answers to 1 and 6 can be found on a one-page photo in the July 1964 issue of National Geographic Magazine.
MrsPhilHarris 1 month ago
8/15 Was in NY during the parade in the 80s. Could barley see anything. Mostly just throngs of people.
Jeremy 1 month ago
I only got nine. Maybe it would help you to know that I wasn't really born in the '60s.
anthony 1 month ago
13/15.Your a top notch ballon spotter!Missed 8,and 15.
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