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    Balloons? Handled

    Balloon design moves in-house in 1984. With that move comes a new system of balloon flight command involving a trained crew that's ready for action.


    • Balloon handlers: they lead the balloon along the parade route. Requirements: must be at least 18 years old and weigh enough to fly a hefty giant!
    • Captains: they organize the handlers, from getting the gang in costume to ensuring everybody’s in position to march.
    • Pilots: they lead the balloon’s flight! They learn whistle signals, hand signals and verbal commands to move handlers and balloons along the route safely.

    Cool fact: one pilot is assigned to watch the balloon from the front by walking backwards for the entire route. Gotta make sure the balloon’s flying at the right height!

    Handlers, captains & pilots for Kermit the Frog balloon

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