7. Sonic the Hedgehog Crash Injures Two People, 1993
The Thanksgiving Day Parade’s first video game-based character balloon also had an unsuccessful start. En route, high winds caused him to first crash into a Columbus Circle lamppost and then into an off-duty police officer and young girl. The pair suffered only minor injuries and the balloon itself was almost completely damaged.
In 2011, a new Sonic balloon was designed in a more modern fashion to celebrate Sonic’s 20th anniversary, and retired after 2014.