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Garfield is the main character of his self-titled comic strip, created by Jim Davis. An orange-furred cat capable of articulate speech, he lives in a house which he shares with his owner, Jon Arbuckle, and the dog Odie. Garfield is lazy; obsesses over eating (his favorite food being lasagna), drinking coffee, and taking naps; and has a disdain for Mondays, raisins, and dieting.

Syndicated in over 2,500 newspapers and journals, Garfield's comic series has been lauded by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's most widely syndicated comic strip. Beyond his original strip, he has appeared on television and in CGI animated films.

Macy's Parade appearances

He first appeared in the Macy's parade from 1984 to 1989, then returned to the parade in 1992 and appeared until 1999. The Garfield balloon led the parade in 1986, 1988, and 1992.

In 2001, Garfield appeared in a costumed character version on the special "75th Parade Superstars" float, along with walk-around versions of Kermit the Frog, Skating Snoopy, Sonic the Hedgehog, and other characters whose balloons in the parade had been retired.

In 2003, an all-new balloon of Garfield appeared as Macy's Holiday Ambassador; in this iteration, he was holding his teddy bear, Pooky. He retired again after 2006.

Timeline

  • Solo (1984-1989, 1992-1999)
  • With Pooky (2003-2006)

Accidents

  • In 1986, Garfield's left back paw and right paw was damaged.
  • In 1995, Garfield hit into a lamppost, but bounced back with no damage to the balloon.
  • In 1997, Garfield's left back paw was damaged (with his tail getting damaged in the overnight windy conditions).
  • In 1998, Garfield sprung a leak in his body at 77th Street. Because of this he couldn't be moved, so he had to be removed altogether.
  • In 2004, Garfield suffered damage from his right paw after getting caught in a Central Park tree.

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