From historical to horrific to humorous, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is iconic
#5: Creepy Cabbage Patch people, 1984
Remember the Cabbage Patch Kids? At first glance, they seemed to be innocent little muppets, each with their own distinct personality — you just knew they were going to overcome the obstacles of the Cabbage Patch and make a name for themselves. Yet there was something diabolical about those dolls too, something that made moms beat each other down in department stores to snatch one for their spoiled child.
Well, like all fad toys with hellish tendencies, the Kids made their way into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and in 1984, actor Tim Conway introduced a float full of entertainers costumed as eerie, life-size dolls. The result was an utter creepfest.
Other 1980s parade mainstays included the Muppets and Fraggle Rock, but interestingly, not the Smurfs, who debuted only last year.