4. A Keith Haring-Based Balloon Hits NBC Broadcast Booth, 2008

Keith Haring Balloon at the Macy's thanksgiving Day Parade
The Keith Haring-based balloon in 1997. Photo Courtesy of Macy’s, Inc.

TV anchors Al Roker, Meredith Viera, and Matt Lauer were taken aback when a balloon inspired by artist Keith Haring crashed into their NBC broadcast booth in 2008. The collision took out the camera and temporarily cut the threesome from air. Once the balloon was removed, the broadcast resumed as planned.

The balloon featured Haring’s “Figure with a Heart.” It was created for the 2008 parage to honor what would have been Haring’s 50th birthday.