If you have spent any time in the United States around Thanksgiving, you probably stumbled across the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at some point. Dating to 1924, the parade first featured balloons in 1927, when a larger-than-life Felix the Cat produced by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was introduced. Although Felix was ultimately removed from the parade after tangling in telephone wires and catching fire, the tradition of giant balloons at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was born. Originally constrained by available manufacturing techniques, these leviathan creations have generally become more comic and less peculiar in the last eight decades, but whether you are indulging in the traditional Thanksgiving Day festivities or watching the turkey day antics from afar, the sheer bizarreness of these vintage floats, towering like Brobdingnagian marionettes over New York City, are worth a look. Enjoy, and happy Thanksgiving!