Pikachu flies again

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade plays host to electric mouse balloon
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  • Thursday, November 4, 2010

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A decade of Pikachu will be celebrated at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this November. A balloon shaped like the franchise mascot will participate in the parade for the tenth straight year.

The Pikachu balloon that will be used this year

This year's parade, held as usual on Thanksgiving Day (this year Thursday, Nov. 25), will begin at 9am EST. Included in the lineup, as it has been since 2006, will be a balloon styled as Pikachu chasing a huge Poké Ball. Pikachu has been part of the 86-year-old parade since 2001; it is now onto its second design.

The first balloon style featured a "Flying Pikachu", which ran from 2001 through 2005. It was officially retired at the "Party of the Decade" Pokémon tenth anniversary event at Bryant Park in August 2006.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held in Manhattan and will be telecast on NBC (except in the Houston and Detroit markets) at 9am in all time zones.