The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade introduced a “balloonicle” (balloon + vehicle) in 2004. A “ballonicle” inflates just as a ballloon does, but can be driven down the parade route like a vehicle.
Wikipedia: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual parade presented by Macy’s Department store. The three-hour event is held in New York City starting at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thanksgiving.
Balloonicle and Falloon Introductions
A falloon ("F"; a portmanteau of “float” and “balloon") is a float-based balloon. A balloonicle ("B"; a portmanteau of “balloon” and “vehicle") is a self-powered balloon vehicle.
2006: Energizer Bunny (B)
2005: SnowBo (B)
2004: Weebles (B) - (3) Tibby, Tooey, Bumpus
Macy’s Debuts New Balloons, Floats and First-Ever ‘Balloonicle’ for the 78th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade(R)
NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2004 /PRNewswire/—The arrival of fall brings with it some seasonal favorites from pumpkin rides and trick-or-treating to turkey dinners and of course, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade(R).
This Thanksgiving, kids of all ages will have a lot to look forward to as twelve new elements including eight floats, three giant helium character balloons and a set of Macy’s newest invention—the Balloonicle (a balloon and self-propelled vehicle) join the legendary line-up in America’s pre-eminent Parade. From classic characters to timeless toys, the 78th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will once again feature a stellar cast of fabulous floats and of course, its big signature balloons for all to revel in and enjoy.
Thursday, November 16th, 2006
What is the biggest change that you’ve seen in the Parade over the years? Or, is the beauty of the Parade the fact that it hasn’t changed?
Robert Grippo: (...) Macy’s brought something into the parade recently called a balloonicle. It’s a great new element. It’s like an inflatable balloon around a vehicle that basically drives down the parade route.
New York (NY) Sun
Macy’s Team Ready To Float In Big Parade
By SAMANTHA O’BRIEN, Special to the Sun
November 21, 2006
The team will also pack away the Energizer Bunny. The giant pink rabbit will make its debut this year as a “balloonicle,” a new type of balloon that moves on its own like a car. It shouldn’t come as a shock that this one’s running on batteries.
New York City • Holidays/Events/Parades • (1) Comments • Sunday, August 17, 2008 • Permalink
Well, that balloonicle sound really interesting, I wonder where they get the idea to make such thing like that; I haven’t actually seen it in person that’s why I’m really interested.