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The Thanksgiving Day parade is a big part of the tradition of the holiday.

There’s a grandness to every facet of the parade, which is why when things don’t go as planned, those flubs reach a whole new level.  That’s part of the beauty of a live event: Absolutely anything can happen!  With that in mind, here’s a selection of entertaining Thanksgiving Day parade fails.

Color Guard Member Wipes Out

This Georgia State University Marching Band color guard member was probably super excited about being in the front row when they were featured on the parade broadcast, and that excitement quickly faded when she wiped out on national television.


Cheerleader Lift Goes Awry

Even well-rehearsed lifts can not go as planned, and when that happens when you’re literally in the middle of the camera shot, it’s pretty hard not to notice.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Cheerleader Fail

Front and center at the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and this cheerleader fails to get it up.


Scotty McCreery Misses His Cue…

Most singers performing at the Thanksgiving Day Parade are lip-syncing. That’s no big secret, but it’s easier to maintain an ignorant bliss when performers don’t miss their cues.

Scotty McCreery Lip-Sync Fail

Scotty McCreery misses his cue to start lip syncing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


…And So Does Rita Ora

Scotty McCreery may have missed his cue, but he at least recovered quickly. Rita Ora screwed up he cue so badly the cameras cut away. Yikes!


When The Barney Balloon Met A Grisly End

This video of the Barney balloon being taken out during the 1997 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade must have traumatized young children everywhere, while secretly their parents were cheering inside because they’re beyond annoyed at that purple dinosaur and his earworm songs.

Thanksgiving '97. The day Barney was killed

This happened in NYC during Thanksgiving parade in 1997.


Kermit the Frog Nearly Loses His Head

Poor Kermie! During the 1991 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Kermit the Frog balloon suffered a large hole to the head after getting caught on some nearby trees and resulted in looking sadly lethargic or how some of us look after sitting through an awkward Thanksgiving family gathering.

Kermit at the Macy's Parade 1991

Haven't seen this on YT yet so here is the Kermit balloon with a head wound (he scraped against a few trees on Central Park West and tore a hole) and a bit of archive footage. This would be the last time the Kermit balloon (which debuted in 1977) would appear in the parade until a new one was debuted in 2002.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.