July 1 — Equal Visibility Everywhere (EVE) is an organization with a mission. The Washington D.C.-based non-profit is dedicated to achieving gender parity in statues, stamps, dollar bills, historical monuments — and now parade balloons.
The giant helium balloons familiar from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the National Independence Day Parade, and other extravaganzas are notable for their lack of female characters. The Macy’s parade, for example, has included only 10 balloons of female characters in its entire 85-year history.
Now EVE is moving into the breach with a new balloon featuring aviator Amelia Earhart. The balloon will take the shape of a 40-foot replica of Earhart’s famous red Lockheed Vega, with an oversized Earhart in the cockpit.
The balloon will be constructed by Pennsylvania-based StarBound Entertainment, which provides the balloons for more than one hundred parades all over the country. The StarBound inventory includes 350 different balloons for parade organizers to choose from. EVE plans to make the Amelia Earhart balloon the first in a series honoring American heroines, with a new balloon introduced every year.
EVE is raising funds from donors to finance the construction of the balloon, which is expected to cost several thousand dollars.
Lynette Long, President of EVE
Suzanne Scoggins, EVE Director of Communications
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