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The Sonic the Hedgehog Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon has a chaotic, yet thrilling history: He was the first-ever video game character to be represented as a Macy’s Parade balloon, but he’s also the most removed balloon in the parade’s history. And now, he’s back.

He first appeared in the Thanksgiving parade in 1993, as a 64-feet-tall balloon filled with helium and hope, but strong winds turned his debut into a disaster. In a twist that seemed orchestrated by Eggman himself, Sonic was stabbed in the eye by a lamp post, and the falling debris injured an off-duty police officer and a ten-year-old girl (who were both fine, don’t worry).

Sonic at the parade 1993
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But they fixed up the Blue Blur, and he made a reappearance in 1994 and 1995 — but the same thing happened in ’95, and Sonic was impaled on a tree. Somehow, SEGA didn’t learn from either of these disasters, and Sonic reappeared once more in 1996 and 1997, and then retired, largely due to all the holes in his face.

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