Updated: November 19, 2016 3:26:29 pm
Pikachu and other characters of the virtual reality game Pokemon Go were seen at Changi Airport recently as a part of Singapore’s first Pikachu Parade, organised by the airport authorities.
The promise to watch their favourite virtual characters saw hundreds of Pokemon fans gather at Changi Airport’s Terminal 3 before the parade kicked off at about 11am.
The Changi Airport Group later said in a press release: “On weekends, passengers and visitors to Changi Airport will also be able to get up close and personal with Pikachu. Changi Airport will become the lair for the ultra cute monsters that have taken Singapore, and the world, by storm.”
They further added, “Pokemon installations will be placed in Terminals 2 and 3 – including a 7m-tall Pikachu installation at Terminal 3 – from November 18 till February 11, 2017, and entry to the event will be absolutely free.”
On November 17, Changi Airport also posted a short video of Pikachu on their Facebook page to give an essence of what the fans can expect. Starring in their own parade, the video showed a Pikachu dancing in front of an airport runway while a Singapore Airlines aircraft flew past.
Fans, who are looking for photo opportunities, can also head to the Snorlax Garden and click photographs with three life-sized Snorlaxes there.
“The popular Pokemon character will also make an appearance at Gingerbread House at 6pm and 8pm on all Saturdays and Sundays until January 1, 2017, with the exception of December 3”, Changi Airport said.
Other than Singapore, Japan has been organising the Pikachu parade since 2014 in celebration of the popular mascot for the Pokémon franchise. This year, over 50 life-size Pikachu mascots marched at the annual celebrations in Yokohama.