9. Popeye the Sailor’s Water-Filled Hat Splashes Onlookers, 1957

2-Top 10 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade mishaps_Popeye_Hat_water_NYC_balloon_Untapped Cities_Stephanie GeierThe Popeye balloon in 1957. Image via Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The indented hat of a Popeye the Sailor balloon filled with water when it started raining at the 1957 Thanksgiving Day parade. This caused Popeye to tip forward a bit and stray from its course, dumping freezing rainwater onto an unlucky group of nearby spectators.