2. Police Deflate Barney and Pink Panther Balloons Mid-Parade, 1997
Cat in the Hat wasn’t the only balloon that had trouble during the 1997 parade. High wind speeds caused a Barney balloon to start dangerously swaying, so that police officers went along the route and stabbed the Barney balloon for safety, scaring nearby children. The Pink Panther also gave into the winds and started imploding at 42nd street, so an officer stabbed it as well. Above is a video of what happened to the Barney balloon.