Parades are quickly becoming a mainstay of theme park culture. What started as a chance to see Mickey Mouse and a guy with a trumpet walking down a street has since turned into a huge attraction of intricate floats, dance routines and *thrill* audience participation. Now Universal Studios Japan is getting in on the hype and bringing Mario and various Pokemon with it.
We’ve known for a while now that Pokémon would have some role to play in Universal Studios Japan, although we weren’t sure exactly what that would entail. Well, it looks like the franchise will be one of the main attractions in the park’s upcoming ‘No Limit Parade’ which kicks off on March 1, 2023.
The news was announced on Twitter, with the following summary provided by @tdrexplorer:
The park has also released an official trailer for the event which can be found at the top of this article. We’d say it does a pretty good job of showing what the parade is all about, giving a glimpse of Mario Kart and Pokémon tanks with bubbles, music, and dancing taking center stage. The Pokemon float will feature a smoke-breathing, wing-flapping Charizard as well as a dancing Pikachu (the best Pikachu type). The Mario tank, meanwhile, is modeled after Rainbow Road and sees a whole host of Mushroom Kingdom regulars kart and wave to the crowd.
The No Limit Parade will be the first the park has seen since all events were shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic. While no such restrictions currently apply to Hollywood or Florida (the future sites of the next two Super Nintendo Worlds), it’s unclear if the parade will cross continents and become a mainstay of the Universal Studios experience. .