Thomas the Tank Engine is a fictional character in The Railway Series, children's books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son Christopher. He is an anthropomorphic steam locomotive, modeled after Lawson Billinton's E2 Class tank engines, who lives on the Island of Sodor with many locomotive friends and has his own personal branch line. Thomas' popularity throughout the world was further increased by his appearance as the star of a famed TV series adapted from his books by Britt Allcroft.
Thomas' first appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was in 2014, as a balloon. Thomas was one of the six new balloons in 2014, and led the parade that year. Thomas was the first balloon in 2014, and he was became tenth behind Red from Angry Birds in 2015, and he was in second behind Charlie Brown in 2016. This was his last year before being retired.
- 88th (November 27, 2014)
- 89th (November 26, 2015)
- 90th (November 24, 2016)