The first Barney balloon, possibly from the 2001 parade.

Barney & Friends is the name of a 1992 PBS children's television show that is based on the title character of Barney and the Backyard Gang


Since 1995, the Barney characters have appeared on Carts or Floats. 

  • Barney's Circus Cart (1995)
  • Barney's Westward Ho! Wagon (1996)
  • Barney's Great Adventure-The Movie (1997) Performed Imagine
  • Barney's Gingerbread House (1998) Performed If All the Raindrops
  • Barney's The Night Before Christmas (1999-2001) Performed Christmas is Our Favorite Time of Year (1999),  a mixture of different Christmas songs (2000) and I Love the Holidays (2001)
  • Barney's Playtime in the Park/Barney's Musical Playground (2002-2004) Performed Colors All Around (2002), The Best Manners Medley (Please and Thank You and Good Manners) (2003) and It's C-C Cold BRRRR! (2004)


Main article: Barney the Dinosaur
Barney the dinosaur was killed in Thanksgiving parade!

Barney the dinosaur was killed in Thanksgiving parade!

Barney was also a balloon as well, having first appeared alongside the Cat in the Hat in the 1994 parade. The same year, it hit a lamppost and tore its side open. No one was injured. In the 1997 parade, Barney was one out of several balloons "killed" thanks to high winds, lampposts, the NYPD, blown up heads, and massive destruction. In Barney's case, he got pulled into a street lamp, made a hole in his belly, and got stabbed by the NYPD. The balloon had to get repaired so it could fly again in the 1998 parade. Eventually, the popularity of Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie allowed it to fly for the fifth time. It did, and for four years, made it through the parade route without hassle.  In 2003, a blue and gold hat was added to the balloon, as well as a new pose. Two years later, Barney almost got blown away, and ripped his foot open. The character wasn't seen in the next parade after this.