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Pikachu is a fictional creature from the Pokémon video game series, and the corresponding franchise which also includes animated television shows and movies, trading card games and comic books. Designed by Atsuko Nishida and Ken Sugimori, Pikachu has been part of the franchise since its first game debuted on the Game Boy and has since become one of the most well-known varieties of Pokémon. The character has become the mascot of the Pokémon franchise and one of the major characters in Nintendo video gaming.

History with the Macy's Parade

Pikachu was introduced to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2001, its 75th anniversary. Although this was his first appearance as a balloon, he was allowed to appear in walk-around form on the "75th Parade Superstars" float along with a number of characters who had balloons in the parade that had been retired. Also, Pikachu's balloon in the parade that year was preceded by a themed Volkswagen Beetle called the "Pokémobile"; this car was later reused, now following the balloon, until 2004.

A new balloon of Pikachu was made in 2006, preceded by a balloon of the "Poké Ball," the spherical device that houses captured Pokémon until they are ready to be used. Floats of Gen 5 Mascots Reshiram and Zekrom appeared with Pikachu in 2010. In 2012, Pikachu's ears were deflated during the route because he had not been inflated very well.

In 2014, Pikachu was wearing a scarf and holding a snowman version of himself in the parade. This was the third and latest version of Pikachu, and it has been in the parade ever since.
  • Pikachu in his 2001 Macy's Parade Debut
  • Pikachu with deflated ears
  • A model of the new Pikachu balloon with scarf and snow-mon doll