Sad news, "Peanuts" fans. The popular Snoopy balloon will not float down the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route this year. Instead of a giant balloon, Snoopy will be featured alongside the rest of the “Peanuts” gang.
It's not all bad news for Snoopy fans, but many who tune in, or line up along the parade route, to see a giant Snoopy balloon floating in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be disappointed to learn that he won't be there, notes Vanity Fair. Instead, Snoopy will be part of the “Snoopy's Dog House” float with Woodstock, Linus and Lucy.
The Snoopy balloon has been a staple of the Macy's parade since 1968 with the debut of the Aviator Snoopy balloon. There have been several Snoopy balloons over the years, including Snoopy with Woodstock, Astronaut Snoopy, Skating Snoopy, Millennium Snoopy and Flying Ace Snoopy.
Although the Snoopy balloon will be replaced by several new characters, "Peanuts" fans can expect to see a familiar face. The new balloons will be The Elf on the Shelf, Hello Kitty in an airplane and Papa Smurf. Traditional favorites Spider-Man, Sailor Mickey Mouse and Kermit the Frog will be back, along with Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Buzz Lightyear, Pikachu, Kung Fu Panda, SpongeBob SquarePants, Pillsbury Doughboy, Sonic the Hedgehog, Julius the Sock Monkey and Ronald McDonald.
While Snoopy will not take to the sky as a balloon his owner, Charlie Brown, will be a part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Blue Sky Gallery balloon was designed by KAWS. Each year, the parade features a balloon designed by a renowned modern artist. Previous years have had balloons designed by Tim Burton, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring and Takashi Murakami.
One famous New Yorker who will definitely be disappointed by the lack of a Snoopy balloon this year? None other than Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg said his favorite Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon in 2010 was Snoopy, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.