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Snoopy Gets a Face-Lift in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Since the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924, it quickly became a Thanksgiving tradition, much like turkey and football. This year, in it's 87th year, Snoopy has had a balloon makeover.

He first debuted in 1968 as Snoopy the Aviator and has since appeared in 36 parades, more than any other character. This year, in his 37th parade, Snoopy's look is all new. Eight designers worked for three months to perfect his new look, which is a classic nose-diving Snoopy, complete with his pal Woodstock.

This year, Snoopy is quite high-tech. He's made out of polyurethane coated in nylon, which gives his features a more rounded look. And, instead of being one big float, he is composed of 12 chambers.

The new Snoopy is 67 feet long, 27 feet wide and 38 feet tall. He requires 90 handles to help him along the 2.5 mile parade route and takes more than an hour to inflate. With such a large float, safety precautions have been taken. He will be attached to two vehicles, so even if the wind picks up and all handles lose their grasp. Snoopy isn't going anywhere.

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