Thanksgiving just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. And the tradition of the parade would be far different if it weren't for the rubber industry, which has helped to bring giant cartoon balloons to life for almost 100 years.
A decade ago, Macy's offered a behind the scenes look at how the giant cartoon balloons take shape, going from a mere idea to a larger-than-life parade staple.
Balloons begin as drawings, before eventually being transferred to scale clay models. Designers then use silicone molds to create additional models of the designs, which ultimately will be used to build the actual balloons. Today's balloons are made from polyurethane and fabric, but the balloons used to be of rubber.