The Cat Is Back! Felix Returns To Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade After 75 Years

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has reached into its bag of tricks and pulled out an old friend. 

Felix the Cat, who hasn’t been in the parade since World War II, will return this year ― and he’s got a balloon straight out of the era from which he was born. 

“Most of the balloons are tethered by ropes, but this is going to be modeled after the way it was done some 90 years ago and is going to be handled by sticks,” Len Blaifeder, who will be one of the balloon’s operators, told 1010 WINS. 

Felix was a star of the silent film era and had a comic strip in newspapers around the nation when he made his Thanksgiving Day Parade debut in 1927, the first year the event featured cartoon character balloons.

They wanted to appeal to the kids, but weren’t sure how it would be received,” Stephen M. Silverman, author of “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: A New York City Holiday Tradition,” told

Here’s what Felix looked like during those early years:

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