While his sidekick Snoopy debuted in 1968, Peanuts star Charlie Brown made his first appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade back in 2002. His balloon depicted him trying to kick a football in his trademark yellow-striped shirt and black short. The image is, of course, based on the famous clip of Charlie trying to kick the ball, only to have Lucy pull it away at the last moment.
The balloon made appearances every year until 2005, then took a hiatus until 2012. But despite that seven-year gap, the Charlie Brown balloon's design remained the same. That changes this year, though.
Marking Macy's 90th Thanksgiving Day parade and the 50th anniversary of the musical You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, the Peanuts character is getting a new look-his second ever in the parade's history. Instead of a football, Charlie will be flying a red kite and will be tangled up in the string. The scene comes from the musical, where he's trying to fly a kite, only to get it caught in a tree.
According to Mashable, the new balloon will be 53-feet-long, 46-feet-tall and 31-feet-wide. Can't wait to see the new Charlie balloon? Neither can we! Get a sneak peek of it below, and head to Mashable for a complete behind-the-scenes look. Thanksgiving cannot come soon enough!
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