The 90th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will soon bring its spectacular balloons back to the streets of Manhattan. This year, some new balloons, like the Trolls and a new Charlie Brown, are joining Hello Kitty, Thomas the Tank Engine and the Pillsbury Doughboy, along with a throwback to the very first parade in 1927: a Felix the Cat balloon!

Felix the Cat and three other balloons that debuted in 1927 were "actually rubber, air-filled puppets held aloft with long poles." Back then, the balloons would simply be released into the sky! Macy's would offer rewards for returned balloons, but ended the practice in 1932 when, Smithsonian Magazine reports, "a daredevil pilot thought it would be fun to capture the balloons with her biplane and nearly crashed when the rubberized canvas wrapped itself around the plane’s wing."

Today's balloons are still handcrafted and hand-painted, but they are much more sophisticated. They are constructed from a "special, nonporous balloon fabric," according to Business Insider, which also explains that the large balloons have different chambers.

"If Wimpy Kid balloon stubs his toe and gets a tear, we don’t want the whole balloon to deflate. So for him, both feet are independent chambers," John Piper, VP of the Macy's Parade Studio, explained.

Take a look at some of the balloons from decades past and not so long ago, like the Blue Sky Gallery creations which are by artists like Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami (who dressed up to coordinate with his balloons).