Betty Boop is an animated character created by Max Fleischer and others for a 1930s cartoon series from Paramount Pictures, who was also featured in a comic strip distributed by King Features Syndicate. She is portrayed as a caricature of a Jazz Age flapper, and is regarded as one of the first and most famous sex symbols in animation.

Betty debuted in the parade in 1985, and was retired in 1987. She later made two brief reappearances: in 1991 and 1992, then in 1995 and 1996. Though she never reappeared as a balloon after 1996, Betty did return as a walkaround character on two "Superstars" floats commemorating the anniversary of the parade, accompanied on each by many other characters whose balloons had been retired.


In 1986, Betty, the last character balloon of the year, collapsed onto the ground a few yards away from the finish line.

In 1991, Betty had her moon deflated in the parade route but made it through though.

In 1995, Betty's moon was ripped apart in Times Square, most likely by a lamppost.

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