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The Cheesiest Geektastic Macy's Parade Balloons and Floats of All Time

The Cheesiest Geektastic Macy's Parade Balloons and Floats of All Time

By Steven Romano

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Ah, Thanksgiving. The one time during the year when it’s socially acceptable to disgrace oneself by gorging on delicious food and wearing stretchy sweatpants. But you’d be in error to say that the holiday is all about the turkey and pumpkin pie. Aside from the Thanksgiving spread, what we all look forward to most is the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with its incredibly cheesy procession of balloons and floats. We've sifted through the many geek-themed entries from years past and have come up with the top three cheesiest geektastic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons and floats of all time!

3) The Joker

Yes, this happened. This singing and (sort of) dancing Joker made an appearance in the 1989 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But instead of going on a trademark murder spree, the Joker opted to rip on NBC personality Willard Scott’s lack of style and threw money into the crowd. Let's just say, the performance didn't stand up to the test of time.

2) Marvel Comics Float

Long before the modern movie versions of The Avengers and The X-Men, there was this float, with decidedly less cool versions of the amazing Marvel superheroes we've come to know and love. Yes, that is indeed RoboCop just, y'know, pulling a lever and not doing much else. Other highlights of this clip: Wolverine's original bright yellow jumper and the bulky and cartoonish Hulk... who kinda looks like he's going to fall off the side of the float at any moment.

1) Masters of the Universe Float

Pat Sajak’s incomparable hosting skills combined with the incredibly hokey, over-the-top miming of a foam rubber covered Skeletor help to make this the cheesiest entry on the list. In comparison to the Marvel Comics float, this one has only slightly better production values and choreography—the latter of which is done in time with Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain.”

Did we miss any?

Tags: thanksgiving, batman, x-men, life, the dark knight, the avengers, the joker, the hulk, captain america, he-man, macy's thanksgiving day parade

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Steven Romano

Like Captain America, Steven Romano is just a boy from Brooklyn. When he isn't contributing to The MindHut and other geeky websites, Steven's hard at work writing his first novel and comic book scripts. Follow him on Twitter @Steven_Romano, and swing by his blog: stevenromano.tumblr.com

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