Kermit the Frog: A crazy career in pictures
Though Muppet lore has the world’s most popular amphibian originating in the swamps of Florida, the character actually got his beginnings on “Sam and Friends,”
The Muppets and “Sesame Street” characters are Thanksgiving Day parade regulars. In 2002, after a bit of an absence from the parade, Kermit returned as a 78-foot-long balloon, and he was the official mascot for the event. Kermit and Miss Piggy even got an interview on “The Today Show” to talk about the new balloon.
More recently, Kermit has appeared at the parade to show-off his singing chops. In 2009, he appeared with Disney actress Tiffany Thornton to sing his Christmas original “I Believe.” (Jeff Christensen / Associated Press)