Sonic the Hedgehog, 1993 Macys Parade Balloon

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is as big part of the Thanksgiving holiday as football and turkey. Across the nation, approximately 50 million people tune in to watch the parade every year while 3.5 million New Yorkers watch it live. Did you know the first ever Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started over 90 years ago in 1924? Originally the parade was held to celebrate Macy’s grand opening of the “World’s Largest Store” with 1 million square feet of shopping retail. The parade was meant to create buzz about the store in time for the Christmas holiday shopping season. Nobody could have guessed that it would start a holiday tradition nearly a century later. Over the years, however, there have been a number of accidents associated with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons.

Sonic the Hedgehog, 1993

An off-duty NYPD officer suffered a broken shoulder when Sonic the Hedgehog crashed into a lamppost and landed on the officer. Sonic the Hedgehog is a popular video game character that rivals the popularity of Super Mario. I imagine the officer’s family was on the phone with an accident attorney by the next day.