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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade In The ’90s Was Pure Perfection

Pure. Deflated. Perfection.

Universal Pictures' "Babe" balloon makes its way down Broadway in 1998. That year, high winds prevented several of the balloons from participating under new safety rules implemented after a spectator was struck and injured by a lamppost the previous year (left). Nickelodeon's Rugrats balloon makes its way down Broadway shortly after, followed by Cartoon Network's Dexter balloon (right).

"Izzy", the mascot for the 1996 Summer Olympics, makes his first appearance in the 67th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in 1993 (left). A helium-filled balloon of Disney's Goofy makes its way down Broadway in 1992 (right).

Bart Simpson makes his debut on his skateboard in the 64th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade down Broadway in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 22, 1990 (left). An inflatable Garfield floats along the parade route in 1996 (right).

Millenium Snoopy moves into Times Square behind Cloe the Clown and the Macy's Star Balloon in November 1999 (left). Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade watchers hide under umbrellas as the Rugrats balloon moves through Times Square shortly after.

The Barney float makes it's way down the parade route in 1998, despite wind gusts to around 30 mph that year (left). The Rex balloon displays a droopy face after the helium-oxygen filled balloon popped during the 1993 parade (right).

Marchers from the Universal Cheer and Dance Association pass by the crowd in 1996. On the right, the same group parades through the street again in 1999.