Curious George is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the popular children's book series written by H. A. Rey and Margret Rey. He is a brown monkey who is brought from his home in Africa by a man in a yellow hat, to live with him in a giant city. Since his first book was published in 1941, he has expanded to television and film.
George only appeared in the 2001 parade, and tied in with a plush version of the balloon available exclusively at Macy's stores. Despite being a one-shot character, however, George appeared in walk-around form on the "85th Parade Superstars" float in 2011, along with many other characters with balloons that had been retired.