Dear international readers, America has a holiday coming up where we eat a ton of food and then pass out that’s supposed to commemorate a nice fable that we tell small children to avoid explaining a much more nuanced and politically charged historical situation. There are other qualities to Thanksgiving, however, like football (American football, you know, handegg?), and a very serious parade in New York City. So serious it had to be rickrolled by a Cartoon Network show.
Well, in addition slow moving decorated vehicles covered in awkwardly lip syncing celebrities, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade also famously features balloons. A fifty foot tall Pikachu has been a member of the floating company since 2001, and this year he is reportedly going to be joined by a couple of new faces.
Reshiram and Zekrom, the legendary Pokémon from the upcoming (in America, anyway) Pokémon: Black and White will be appearing as balloons, but fortunately will not be to scale, measuring only 14 feet tall. They will be the only other Pokémon to get a Macy’s Parade balloon in their honor. Pikachu has been accompanied by a poké ball balloon before, but that isn’t exactly good conversational company for the yellow fellow.