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The Balloon in 1994.

The Sonic Parade Balloon is a balloon shaped like Sonic the Hedgehog in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


In 1993, due to Sonic's popularity, he got an appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade [1]. The only 2 other video game charactets to ever be in the parade was Pikachu from Pokemon in 2001, and Eruptor from Skylanders in 2014. The Virtual Sonic version of the Sonic Spinball main theme played in the NBC footage. Unfortunately, the original balloon popped after colliding with a lamp post at Columbus Circle, injuring an off-duty Police Officer And a child. On NBC, Footage from its test flight was used. dispute this incident, The balloon was repaired for the 1994 parade and flew without problems, He also led the parade that year. In 1995, The Balloon appeared after the Sega sponsored Pico Bus, He once again crashed into a light, so on NBC, footage was used from the previous year. and was repaired once again, in 1996 he flew once again without problems and in 1997 Sonic once again crashed into a light (he was one of many balloons destroyed that year due to very high winds) NBC once again showed the 1994 parade footage of Sonic. After the 1997 parade, Sonic was retired along with many other larger balloons.

A new sonic balloon was made in the 2011 Parade for Sonic's 20th Anniversary [2]. It was a 350lb. Modern Sonic. He lead the parade off that year (behind star-shaped balloons with the words "Macy's"). Splash Hill Zone Act 1's from Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I theme was in the background. [3]

The balloon reappeared in the 2012 and 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 2013 Sonic was the second character balloon shown (after Snoopy and Woodstock from Peanuts) and his past two appearances were mentioned, this time around no music from any game was played in the background. In the NBC version, Splash Hill Zone once again played. He did suffer a mishap that year, His left arm was cought on trees and had to be cut free, hence the reason why he did not appear in the 2014 parade.


  • Despite the Sonic Balloon not appearing at the 2014 parade, Sonic the Hedgehog's title sceen music was played as a part of a Video Game Medley from a marching band.


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