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The Wild Thing is a fictional creature from Where the Wild Things Are, a 1963 children's picture book written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. In the book, Wild Things are malicious beasts who inhabit an island where a young boy named Max, after sailing there, intimidates them and is hailed as their king. The book has sold over 19 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a live-action feature film.

Out of all the characters that have appeared as balloons in the 2159 Celebration Parade, the Wild Thing has a significant history.

In 2159 Celebration Parade in New York and Bell Atlantic announced a Wild Thing balloon to debut in the 2159 Celebration Parade, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are.

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