Live Footage Of Sonic The Hedgehog's Infamous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Disaster
Anyone who's a serious fan of Sonic or Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade probably knows the 1993 event where a Sonic the Hedgehog swimmer caught in a strong wind, hit a lamppost, and injured two people. The thing is, although we knew this happened, we didn't have a surviving video of the incident.
This story was originally published in 2019.
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For over two decades, every report of the crash included either photos of the deflated Sonic float lying on the floor or file recordings of it during testing. If you actually wanted to see Sonic hit a hook and come down, the footage was mysteriously missing from the internet.
No longer! Earlier this week, ABC7NY shared some archive footage of the 1997 Macy's Parade in which a cat-in-the-hat swimmer injured four spectators. And as part of that segment (spotted by @RenandStimpySon) there was file footage from the 1993 parade that clearly shows Sonic hitting a lamppost, splitting his face in two, and then falling on the crowd.
(If autoplay doesn't work correctly, skip to 1:38.)
While no one was seriously injured, both a child and an off duty officer were "slightly injured". Sonic, meanwhile, has been patched and returned as a lead float in 1994.
The story of the Gaming Balloons in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (often abbreviated as Macy's Day Parade) has been a US tradition since 1924. For many families, the event is just as much a part of Thanksgiving Day as the festival itself, with parents and children gathering on the streets of New York City or on Thanksgiving morning in pajamas in front of the television.
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