Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! As many of us are gathering with family and friends to celebrate this holiday of harvest and thanks – many of our own fellow puppeteers are also taking part of the day to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Whether it be as a hand-and-rod puppeteer on the Sesame Street Float, a Walk-Around character, a puppet wrangler, or more… puppeteers are an integral part of this holiday tradition. In fact, the giant balloons that the parade is so famous for, were designed by Tony Sarg himself. This year, a new book by Melissa Sweet tells the story behind these lovely creations – Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade.
You can also check out Melissa’s website here: http://melissasweet.net/
And now I leave you with some lovely additional photo’s of our favorite upside-down marionette’s – Tony Sarg’s original creations. You’ll even see Bil Baird in the first photo!