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November 28, 2014 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

It's interesting to see video gaming continue to appear in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade ad 2014 Each year there seem to be new additions to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade while older classics disappear without mention. Popeye was a favorite balloon many years ago, while video games are joining the roster of floating participants. Social Media posts hinted that a Skylander would be afloat this year!

The TV broadcast began inside with Taylor Swift shaking it off as we anticipated the arrival of Kiss to add some rock 'n roll appeal to all the marching bands and Broadway musical numbers.

This year Thomas the Tank Engine led the parade in big blue splendor while Ronald McDonald followed in a "Superman pose". This was followed by Snoopy, the Red Power Ranger, and Toothless the dragon. A few balloons passed and it became clear that Eruptor was floating along representing the Skylanders. Go Activision!

Skylanders Eruptor in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Overhead view of Skylanders Eruptor in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Skylanders Eruptor in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Skylanders Eruptor in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from the street.

Spiderman was followed by Finn and Jake representing Adventure Time. The KoolAid Man is still present as was SpongeBob SquarePants. However, Sonic The Hedgehog was absent. He was the first video game character to apear in the parade back in 1993 and later updated in 2011.

Picachu in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Picachu in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
I guess it's highly unlikely that an enormous Atari logo will be floating down the parade route. How about a few iconic 8-bit characters form the early 80s? Yeah, it's all about money, brands, and advertising. But I'll be spending the rest of the weekend.

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