Sat. May 28th, 2022

Live footage of Sonic The Hedgehog's infamous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade disaster
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Anyone who is a serious fan of Sonic or of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is probably aware of the 1993 event in which a the hedgehog Sonic floats were caught in strong winds, hit a lamppost and injured two people. The thing is, even though we knew this was happening, we had no surviving video of the incident.

This story was originally published in 2019.

For more than two decades, any report of the crash would either show photographs of the emptied Sonic float lying on the ground or archive footage of it under test. If you actually wanted to see Sonic hit a chin and get down, the footage was mysteriously missing on the internet.

Not anymore! Earlier this week, ABC7NY shared some archive footage of Macy’s Parade in 1997, in which a Cat in the Hat river injured four spectators. And as part of to segment (spotted by @RenandStimpySon), there were filming of the parade in 1993 that clearly showed Sonic hitting a lamppost, splitting his face up and then coming down on top of the crowd.

(If it does not play automatically automatically, skip to 1:38)

While no one was seriously was injured, both a child and a free-standing police officer were “slightly injured”. Sonic, meanwhile, was patched and returned in 1994 to be the leading float.

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The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (often abbreviated to Macy’s Day Parade) has been an American tradition since 1924. For many families, the event is as much a part of the Thanksgiving Day celebration as the party itself, parents and children gathering in the streets of New York City or pajamas-clad in front of their television on Thanksgiving morning.

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