Paddington Bear is a fictional character in children's literature. He first appeared on 13 October 1958 in the children's book A Bear Called Paddington and has been featured in more than twenty books written by British author Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum and other artists. The friendly bear from Peru—with his old hat, battered suitcase (complete with a secret compartment, enabling it to hold more items than it would appear to), duffle coat and love of marmalade—has become a classic character from English children's literature. Paddington books have been translated into 30 languages across 70 titles and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. A much loved fictional character in British culture, a Paddington Bear soft toy was chosen by British tunnellers as the first item to pass through to their French counterparts when the two sides of the Channel Tunnel were linked in 1994.
In 1990, a Paddington Bear falloon debuted in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This falloon featured Paddington in his signature outfit, with a green hat, red duffel coat and a briefcase with the initials "P.B" inscribed on it. This falloon retired in 1992, and returned for a final time in 1997.
In 2014, Paddington made his grand return to the parade in the form of a balloon. This time around, he was based off his new redesign from the new "Paddingon" movie, with a red hat, blue duffel coat and brown briefcase. This balloon appeared until 2016, when he was retired.
In 1997, the Paddington Falloon was blown over by a wind gust and nearly deflated, but luckily he stood back up just in time for his TV appearence.