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Beloved Hornets mascot Hugo returns home, day of festivities planned to celebrate

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

After a 12 year hiatus, beloved Charlotte Hornets mascot Hugo the Hornet returned to the Queen City on Thursday morning, buzzing atop TWC Arena waving a Buzz City flag.

The appearance marks the beginning of a full day of events across Charlotte to mark Hugo's return.

Hugo will take a ride on the Lynx Blue Line light rail from Bland Street to Carson Street then make stop at Lowe's Home Improvement in South End.

He'll also visit with firefighters at the Charlotte Fire Department and meet up with fans at a Tweet-Up at the corner of Trade and Tryon Streets.

WBTV will be there from 12:15-12:45 p.m. Tweet us your Hugo pics using the hashtag #HugosHome

After that, he will go to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Eastway Division.

From there, he will move on to Rama Road Elementary School and Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital before returning to Time Warner Cable Arena, where he will welcome fans at the team's open house beginning at 6:30 p.m.

His official biography on the Charlotte Hornets website list his favorite song as 'I Believe I Can Fly' and his celebrity crush as Bee-yonce, among other random factoids.

Hugo has been the mascot of the Charlotte Hornets since the teams' inception in 1988.

He left with the team in 2002 to go to New Orleans. He was originally designed by Cheryl Henson, daughter of Muppets creator Jim Henson.

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