8. Felix the Cat Catches Fire, 1927

Photo Courtesy of Macy’s, Inc.

The silent-film era cartoon character, Felix the Cat, met a rambunctious ending at the 1927 parade when he got tangled in telephone wires along his path. This caused him to catch fire, but the flames were fortunately soon extinguished.

Felix the Cat was actually the first larger-than-life balloon made for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, so it’s not too surprising that things didn’t go too swimmingly at first.