Happy Hippo is a novelty balloon in the parade. Happy Hippo first appeared in 1940. A recreation debuted in 2001 and retired in 2003,then returned in 2005 and retired in 2006 and also appeared in the Macy's Hoilday Parade from 2001 to 2005.
This returned in the 2013 parade and reappeared in 2015. It also returned to the Macy's Holiday Parade in 2013 and been in the parade ever since.
Original Happy Hippo
(2001 - 2003; 2005 - 2006)
Happy Hippo Update (2013, 2015 - present)
Macy's Holiday Parade
Original Happy Hippo (2001 - 2005)
Happy Hippo Update (2013 - present)