Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

Although Balloons Over Broadway crescendos at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, the true story is Tony Sarg‘s consistent innovation and enjoyment in his occupation. He did not Balloons-Over-Broadway-Sweet-Melissa-9780547199450think of puppetry as work; in fact he said he never worked a day in his life. Kids will love  his chicken-feeding system using rope and pulleys that got him out of childhood chores.

His childhood love of creating marionettes grew into a job making storefront puppets and mechanical marionettes. But huge puppets for everyone lining the city streets for a parade to see?  Like MacGyver, give Tony Sarg some balloons, helium, rope, clowns and he could do anything!

Melissa Sweet illustrated her book with detailed collages of watercolour, found objects, fabrics and toys she made while researching Tony Sarg. Read the back pages to find out fascinating details about her art and Tony Sarg (“rhymes with “aargh”!”). Don’t forget the very back inside cover where you’ll find a 1933 New York Times advertisement for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.



About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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4 Responses to Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

  1. This looks like a fascinating book! I think I will check it out. Thanks for sharing.

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