In this darling and beautifully illustrated biography, Melissa Sweet introduces readers to the creator of the floats we all know and love that parade around New York City on Thanksgiving Day. Tony Sarg began his career by making marionettes that were known for their incredibly lifelike movements. His work attracted the eye of R.H. Macy’s department store in Herald Square and Sarg created holiday window displays for them. When Macy’s decided to have a holiday parade for their employees, they knew Sarg was the man for the job. Sarg worked with a company that made blimps to bring his ideas to life. After some design tweaks, Sarg was able to create stunning balloons that have dazzled audiences since 1928.
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet