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Olympic Closing Ceremonies: "Made in Canada" Inflatables Contribute to Canada’s Quirky Sense of Fun

Olympic Closing Ceremonies: "Made in Canada" Inflatables Contribute to Canada’s Quirky Sense of Fun

Canadian Olympic Beaver BalloonThe Olympic Closing Ceremonies poked fun at a lot of stereotypically Canadian traits, featuring several inflatable beavers, among other home-cooked Canadian icons, like a couple of good-natured flying moose and a whole posse of mounties.

A Canadian company, Dynamic Displays is proud to have been a part of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics games, even if we’re not taking home any medals ourselves. The “always enjoyable inflatable beavers,” along with their giant companions–a squadron of mounted police, inflatable moose, and giant hockey players (sporting gold medals in honor of Team Canada’s recent win in Men’s Hockey) are brought to you by Canadian hands.

As Canadians, we’re all immensely proud of our athletes and couldn’t be more happy to have contributed to the Olympic Closing Ceremonies.

Take a look at the pictures after the jump!

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Quebec Winter Carnaval Takes Off, with Help From Fabulous Inflatables

Quebec Winter Carnaval Takes Off, with Help From Fabulous Inflatables

Image (c) 2011 Melanie Wynne, www.travelswithtwo.com

Image (c) 2011 Melanie Wynne, www.travelswithtwo.com

Quebec City’s annual winter festival, or Carnaval de Québec, has been a cultural fixture in the region since 1955. The festival is a rich cornucopia of activity, including winter sports, snow sculptures, and activities based on the traditional Québec lifestyle, such as canoe races and dogsled races. The Québec Winter Carnival is the largest winter carnival in the world today, and is third on the List of Top Carnivals after the famous carnivals in Rio and New Orleans. (ref: http://carnaval.qc.ca/en/about/history/)

In 2010, the two-year-old fledgling parade (launched as part of the Carnival in 2008) incorporated a huge line-up of giant helium balloons from Fabulous Inflatables. A team of 25 Dynamic staff members made the trip to Quebec’s capital city to guide the giants through her historic streets.

Leading the way was Bonhomme Carnival, the festival’s official effigy since the 1955 event. He has been immortalized as a giant, 40-ft custom helium balloon.

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NEW! Ziggy Balloon in Pro Football Parade

NEW! Ziggy Balloon in Pro Football Parade

Ziggy on Parade in Canton, Ohio with the Pro Football Hall of Fame FestivalEveryone’s favorite underdog took a break from his usual gig in your Sunday paper to appear in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Timken Grand Parade. The giant Ziggy balloon was built by Dynamic Displays and completed his maiden flight in the 2009 event, garnering enthusiastic reviews.

Ziggy’s creator, Tom Wilson (pictured waving at the crowd), also appeared in the parade alongside the balloon.

Dynamic Displays is proud to welcome Ziggy into our stock of rental parade balloons. Our other licensed character balloons include crowd favorites like Elmo, Kermit the Frog and SpongeBob SquarePants.

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Harris Bank Takes to the Skies: Corporate Mascot Roars to Life!

Harris Bank Takes to the Skies: Corporate Mascot Roars to Life!

Harris Bank Lion Parade BalloonBrand reinforcement is an important part of advertising in today’s over-saturated marketing arena.

Harris Bank took some big steps to promote their brand with a 30-foot replica of their company mascot—Hubert the Lion.

Hubert made his debut as a giant helium balloon on March 15, 2008 at the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where he performed proudly for thousands of Chicago residents and visitors. The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade is also broadcast live on national television.

Inflatable mascots are a great way to increase brand awareness. In addition to the giant helium variety, Dynamic Displays also produces custom cold-air rooftops and inflatable costumes.

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Every Parade Day Is A Good Day

Every Parade Day Is A Good Day

Sesame Street's Oscar the Grouch waits for the start of the Canton Pro Football ParadeParades are such exciting events. Throngs of people suddenly turn up on the downtown city streets, toting lawn chairs and small children, all anticipating the same thing–the magic and excitement of the parade experience.

You can feel the anticipation in the morning air as step-off approaches… the floats are lining up, the bands tuning up, and somewhere around the block, the balloons are being let loose to rise slowly in preparation for flight.

I think the thing I like most about parades (aside from the giant balloons, of course), is the way all parade participants give themselves over to the fun with such wild abandon. Where else would you see grown men proudly sporting a multi-colored wig and a full face of paint? They’re having such a grand old time, too. Events like America’s parades give everyone the chance to be a kid again, to gasp in awe at the giant helium balloons soaring through the streets and to shout with amazement at that particularly amazing float. And that’s just the crowd–parade participants get to play dress up, ham it up for their watching friends and family, and march with pride through the streets of the city they love.

We all need a chance to let loose once in a while, and I’d say that parade day is a great chance to do just that.

Coming to your hometown this Thanksgiving, Dynamic Displays’ cast of giant parade balloons will help usher in the holiday season. Watch for us.

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Forecast: Festive with a Strong Chance of Parades

Forecast: Festive with a Strong Chance of Parades

Billy Blazes, Rescue HeroIt’s that time of year again—we’re a month away from Thanksgiving, and parade and event coordinators everywhere are starting to remember the pressure from last year. Thanksgiving Day is the single most popular day for parades in the States, as many of America’s cities seek to usher in the holiday season with some degree of fanfare and celebration.

Probably the most famous Thanksgiving Parade in America is the Macy’s Parade in New York City, also one of the first parades to use giant helium balloons as part of the celebratory procession. In addition to New York, nearly every other large city across the country throws their own Thanksgiving Parade. Millions of people line their city streets annually, braving somewhat unpredictable weather to participate is what is now a firm American tradition—the holiday parade.

Dynamic Displays’ stock of rental balloons can be seen in a number of Thanksgiving Day parades across the country, including Houston’s HEB Holiday Parade, Chicago’s State Street Thanksgiving Parade, and others. Some of our more popular choices include Jim Henson’s famous muppets, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, as well as a variety of Sesame Street’s lovable characters, such as Elmo, Big Bird and Cookie Monster.

Check us out this Thanksgiving:
Chicago | Philadelphia | St. Louis | Houston | Detroit

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Jim Thomson: 2002 Festivals & Events Ontario Hall of Fame Inductee

Jim Thomson: 2002 Festivals & Events Ontario Hall of Fame Inductee

Jim Thomson, Founder of Dynamic Displays

James Thomson, Dynamic Displays (retired), Windsor, Ontario

Festivals and Events Ontario welcomes James Thomson as a 2002 Hall of Fame Inductee.

James Thomson is truly a dynamic individual, starting a business out of his home and growing it to an international supplier of inflatable balloons for the largest events across North America. In 2000, the Inflatable Advertising Dealers Association inducted James Thomson as their first Hall of Fame member recognizing his invention of the cold air inflatable as being the start of their industry as a whole. To note that inflatables of all types—helium, games and stationary—have made a most visible impact on the events industry as a whole is an understatement. Virtually every event in North America has some sort of inflatable featured either for sponsor visibility or as event decor and interactivity. This would not have existed without the creative genius of James Lorne Thomson.

Jim Thomson’s product has played major roles in eight Super Bowls, three Olympics, World Cup Soccer, PGA Tournaments, and countless parades and events worldwide. Jim Thomson’s inflatables have become icons of the many local events that commissioned them—and his rental characters have brought these Ontario events to new heights. Jim retired in 2002 at the age of 70 following 40 years of tremendous contributions to the festivals and events industry in Ontario and around the world.
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from www.festivalsandeventsontario.ca

The Birth of An Industry: Giant Inflatables Take to the Sky

The Birth of An Industry: Giant Inflatables Take to the Sky

Humpty Dumpty Sealed Rubber Helium BalloonDynamic Displays has come a long way since 1962.

I remember the days of typewriter tape and carbon paper—not necessarily with fondness, but certainly with some degree of nostalgia. Back then, the inflatable industry was just beginning to blossom, and Dynamic was not only riding on the cusp of progress, but was laying a lot of track too.

Acknowledged as the inventor of the cold-air inflatable, Jim Thomson was the first man to put a fan to fabric, eliminating many of the problems associated with the original heavy rubber balloons produced by companies such as Goodyear. Always a man excited by the promise of potential, Jim began Dynamic Displays literally in his backyard. He and his team contributed hugely to the development and refinement of Inflatable Costumes, Floats and the popular Helium Giant.

Where are we now? The industry has grown as large as its towering mascots, and parades are big business. We’re still dedicated to innovation, and still defining what quality looks like.

So here’s to progress—America, we’ll see you on Thanksgiving.

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