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Our traditional holiday piece, The Short Brutal Life of A Parade Balloon
, focuses on their more mortal aspects . . .
's Phillip Bump has stumbled across the not unsurprising fact that The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloons Used to Be Extremely Creepy,
with everything from flying pigs . . .
. . . to alligators, grumpy Captain Nemo's, and floating disembodied heads . . .
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I don't have any balloon images from old Chicago parades, but this photo of a glammed-up Humpty Dumpty on State Street may gave an idea of the idiom of the day . . .
Today, even in Chicago, balloons tend to veer towards a Disneyfied blandness . . .
. . . and the most readily recognized brands . . .
Is it too late to get a little strangeness back into the parade balloon design equation? I'm cheered by this Instagram image
from Bjarke Ingels from this year's Macy's parade . . .
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