Hey hey hey Tapperinos! Wookiee here for more origin story fun and no I’m not here to discuss server issues. For Thanksgiving, EA brought back the parade balloons from 2012 AND added a few more.
Once upon a time in TSTO land, we did not have Krustyland and there were no pets running around the town. For Thanksgiving 2012, EA remedied this by providing us with balloon versions of Santa’s Little Helper, Snowball 2, Itchy & Scratchy and Blinky. It’s my opinion that we got these to calm the clamor for some of the more popular characters in the game. Of course, SLH joined the fun during Christmas 2012 and the fight and bight duo appeared like crazy with the Krustyland expansion.
When I think of parade balloons in the Simpsons, I have to go back to this little bit of dialogue between Homer and Bart in Bart vs. Thanksgiving (S2, Ep. 7). Bart has no clue who Rocky or Underdog are in the Thanksgiving Day Parade and states:
Bart: Well, I know it wouldn’t hurt them to use some cartoons made in the last 50 years.
Homer: Son, this is a tradition. If you start building a balloon for every flash in the pan cartoon character, you’ll turn the parade in to a farce.