An imposing, 48-foot tall Sonic the Hedgehog balloon will be featured at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24th, celebrating the franchise's 20th anniversary and marking the hedgehog's second appearance at the event.

Sonic was the first video game character to ever appear in the Parade, though high winds brought a swift end to his 1993 debut. Fortunately, Sonic's crash landing only resulted in minor injuries for two parade attendees.

The Parade will be broadcast live on NBC between 9:00 AM and noon on the 24th. Sega assures that Sonic will be under the strict control of an army of volunteer balloon handlers, in order to avoid the chaos that unfolded in 1993.