Sonic the Hedgehog Hot Air Balloon to Fly Again?



The Sonic The Hedgehog hot air balloon (originally created to coincide with the launch of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in Europe, and not to be confused with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon) could be taking to the skies again for the first time in over 15 years.

The news has been tipped to us by SonicHAB over at SSMB, who has stated that:

Sonic has undergone some cosmetic surgery and is planned to be flying at the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta this October as his first free flight since 1999. 

This would not only be the balloon’s first proper flight since the 90s, but also the balloon’s first appearance stateside.

The balloon itself has been around for years, and had its maiden flight way back in 1993 when it attended a hot air balloon fiesta in Switzerland, then appearing at several different gatherings all over Europe (I even got to see it fly for a few years when it visited the Bristol Balloon Fiesta a few times).

Whilst the balloon’s flight certificate expired back in 1999, the company looking after it (Irish Balloon flights) has brought the balloon out of storage several times in the past to make appearances as an attraction at numerous country shows and festivals as a non-flying balloon.

See some footage of the balloon on one of its outings here:

Also… Gotta love the registration on it… G-SEGA. Brilliant.

Sonic Returns To Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


Even if you don’t live in Amercia, chances are you’ve heard of Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Each year the department store Macy’s holds a huge parade through New York featuring a variety of giant floats and balloons of famous characters and heroes from the world of comic books, television and videogames.

Well… guess whose making a return? According to, a website to promote events in New York, Sonic will be taking part in this years Macy’s thanksgiving parade, marking three years in a row where Sonic has been in attendance.

However, when asked about this on twitter, Sega said that they didn’t have any news regarding Sonic being in this years Macy’s.


Sonic Balloon to Rock Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

It’s nearly Thanksgiving! And what better way to celebrate this American holiday than with the age-old tradition of heavy commercialism? Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Parade is taking place again in New York City tomorrow, and Sonic the Hedgehog will be there in giant balloon form. Continue reading Sonic Balloon to Rock Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade