Pokémon 10th Anniversary Journey Across America

Pokémon 10th Anniversary Journey Across America was a series of events that was held across the United States in 2006 celebrating the 10th anniversary of Pokémon's original Japanese release. At the event, attendees could see a preview of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, and download over twenty 10th anniversary Pokémon for the Generation III Game Boy Advance games. Each event also held a Game Boy Advance tournament, the winners of which could move on to a national event in New York City. The winners were Samin Syed, 13, from Roslyn, New York, who entered as a 12-year-old in the 12-and-under category, and Minh Le, 22, from Herndon, Virginia, each receiving a trip to Tokyo in 2007 and a diamond-studded Nintendo DS Lite.[1]

Journey Across America logo


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Date Location
February 25 Miami, Florida
March 4 Tampa, Florida
March 11 Atlanta, Georgia
March 15 Houston, Texas
March 18 Dallas, Texas
March 25 Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 1 Los Angeles, California
April 8 San Francisco, California
April 15 Portland, Oregon
April 22 Seattle, Washington
April 29 Salt Lake City, Utah
May 6 Denver, Colorado
May 13 Kansas City, Missouri
May 21 Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 27 Chicago, Illinois
June 3 Detroit, Michigan
June 10 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
June 17 Cincinnati, Ohio
June 24 Memphis, Tennessee
July 1 Raleigh, North Carolina
July 8 Washington, D.C.
July 12 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 15 Boston, Massachusetts
July 22 New York, New York

Two additional tournaments were held at Space Center Houston and the Nintendo World at Rockefeller Center in New York City. However, the Nintendo World at Rockefeller Center didn't distribute the Journey Across America Pokémon. The winners of those events, along with eight "second chance" qualifiers in the two categories, competed in the finals were that held as part of the US Tenth Anniversary Celebration event.

Party of the Decade

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The original Pikachu balloon over Bryant Park

The United States celebration of Pokémon's Tenth Anniversary, titled "The Party of the Decade", was held on Tuesday, August 8 at New York City's Bryant Park. This was a larger version of the Journey Across America, which included the finals of the Pokémon Video Game Tournament, costumed character appearances including the American debut of Lucario, previews of the new Pokémon Ranger and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games, and other events. Professional wrestling icon Hulk Hogan hosted the activities. It also marked the farewell appearance of the original Pikachu Balloon from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which flew above Bryant Park. A new Pikachu balloon, which features the mascot of the franchise chasing a Poké Ball and cheeks that light up, premiered at the 80th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 23.

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