Do You Remember When The Joker Crashed The 1989 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

The Joker - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
To be honest I had no idea this event took place back in 1989, that was my Sophomore year of High-School so there was a very real possibility that I had stayed up the night before playing the NES and couldn’t pull myself out of bed to catch the appearance of the Joker. Considering that I was wrapped up in the Batmania that was all encompassing that year as this Batman T-Shirt I found when cleaning out my backroom a couple of months ago should prove…

I really loved this shirt. Hard to believe it was hanging out in my closet for 24 years!

I really loved this shirt. Hard to believe it was hanging out in my closet for 24 years!


…I know I would have forced myself to get out of bed and see this Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance!

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I liked that little reveal at the end of who the Joker actually was, very nice. A big thanks by the way goes to Comics Alliance for giving me the heads up on this video!

VicSage

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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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5 thoughts on “Do You Remember When The Joker Crashed The 1989 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

  1. Oh I remember this day well…all throughout the parade the hosts hinted strongly that the Joker would be making an appearance…and everyone believed it would be Nicholson himself (Batmania had clouded our minds so greatly that year that all rational thought had been eliminated). Of course if he was going to be there, logically Batman would have to make the scene as well where he would proceed to pummel Joker’s clowny face into the Manhattan city street.
    Well that never happened. All we got is Fred Travalena. We didn’t even know who Travalena was…but we never forgot his name after that fateful day…and neither did any relatives in attendance, because I proceeded to spend the rest of the holiday complaining loudly about how he was an abomination forced upon the good and just Batman fans of the world.
    The Joker is you Fred? I think not good sir.

  2. Thank you for sharing that wonderful if distressing memory, Daniel XIII! So it wasn’t actually a surprise then, interesting…I really don’t know how I hadn’t heard of his appearance back then. :)

  3. Bobby says:

    I remember this too. They did drop alot of hints before and during the show. Fred Travalena was one of those wanna bees back then. Really DIDN’T like him back then.

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