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Pikachu Flies Again for Thanksgiving!

Pikachu Float
Pikachu is ready to fly this Thanksgiving!

It has been a Thanksgiving tradition to turn on the TV and set it to Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in my household. That is because every year I look forward to seeing Pikachu fly high in the New York skies along side with other iconic characters. This year will be no different as Pikachu takes flight for the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Pikachu along side with other famous characters will help bring in Christmas this year. This year’s parade has plenty of classic characters such as Charlie Brown and Ronald McDonald. There are a few newcomers such as Goku who will be sharing the skies with Pikachu and others. The parade ends with the arrival of Santa Claus to wish parade goers a thankful Thanksgiving and ring in the Christmas season.

Pikachu has been in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade for eighteen years. The balloon has had a few different variants from a simple Pikachu balloon in 2001. In 2006, a new Pikachu balloon was made where it features a Pikachu with light up cheeks chasing after a Pokeball. Pikachu was joined by Zekrom and Reshiram floats to tie in with the release of Pokemon Black & White in 2010. The current version of the balloon was introduce in 2014. This balloon features Pikachu wearing a festive hat and holding a Pikachu snowman.

The current version of the Pikachu balloon is as tall as a four story building and requires 90 handlers. Each Pikachu balloon handler is decked out in yellow and work hard to lead Pikachu down the parade route.

Excited to see Pikachu in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade? I know that I am! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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