Big Bird is a popular character on the children's television show Sesame Street. He has been performed by his original Muppeteer Carroll Spinney from the show's premiere in 1969, up until his retirement in 2018, after which the role was turned over to Matt Vogel. He is an eight-foot two-inch tall, primrose yellow bird believed to be a canary, who represents the psychological attributes of the 6-year-old child. He has a wide array of talents, being able to skate, sing, dance, write poetry, and even ride a unicycle; but is also curious and tends to question everything, and has frequent misunderstandings, such as singing the alphabet as a big long word whose meaning he tries to ponder. He lives in a large nest behind the "123 Sesame Street" brownstone building.
History with the Macy's Parade
In the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a Sesame Street float has appeared in various iterations since 1974, and Big Bird has appeared in person on all of the floats in that series, along with most of the show's other characters.
Additionally, two balloons of Big Bird were made, and has been one of the parade's longest-running character balloons. The first balloon, which debuted in 1988, featured him wearing a striped sweater and a winter cap with numbers on it. This balloon was accompanied by three novelty balloons representing the letters A, B, and C. This balloon is said to be eight times taller (it's 67 feet long) and ten times wider than his Muppet counterpart. Despite not being involved in any accidents, its stitching frayed, causing it to get patched many times. Eventually, this version was retired after 2000.
In 2001, a new balloon of Big Bird was made, featuring alphabet cymbals and no clothing on, save a scarf on his neck. The Big Bird balloon was ultimately retired in 2006, and he would be replaced with Abby Cadabby the following year.
- "Sesame Street Theme" marching band arrangement (1988-1993)
- "Sesame Street Theme" calypso credits arrangement (1994-2006)