History 101: Mickey Mouse Welcomes the SS Normandie

Mickey was just over 5 years old when he first appeared in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in 1934. One year later he would welcome the equally famous Ocean Liner the SS Normandie when it sailed into New York Harbor in 1935.

The Mickey Mouse balloon was 40 feet high, 26 feet wide, and contained 2,664 cubic feet of helium to make it float. 25 handlers were needed to guide it along the parade route.

Mickey Mouse Balloon in Macy’s Parade c.1934

Mickey was a very recognized character in the world in the 1930s and so was a natural representative of the people of New York to welcome a dignitary like the SS Normandie, shown below:

SS Normandie Ocean Liner in New York Harbor

Our last picture shows Mickey, looking somewhat dwarfed by the sweeping shoreline. But I think he would have made quite an impression none the less!

M. I. C. – Hey, Look at Me!

The SS Normandie was a French ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire, France, for the French Line Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT). She entered service in 1935 as the largest and fastest passenger ship afloat, crossing the Atlantic in a record 4.14 days, and remains the most powerful steam turbo-electric-propelled passenger ship ever built.

No wonder all of New York, and Mickey Mouse, turned out to welcome her after such a nautical feat!

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