Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Photos

From the balloons to the performances, check out some of the highlights from the 83rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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The Smurf balloon hovers over the crowd during the 83rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on the Streets of Manhattan.
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Talk about the best seats in the house!! A party watches as the Buzz Lightyear balloon prepares to make the turn at the corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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For the first time in more than 80-year history, the parade route is bypassing Broadway, which cuts a diagonal slice through Manhattan, as it makes its way south from the Upper West Side to the finish at Macy's flagship store in Herald Square.
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The Kermit the Frog balloon makes the turn at the corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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A child watching the parade gets a high five from Statue of Liberty characters.
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People watch the Horton the Elephant balloon from their windows in Manhattan high rises.
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Singer Cyndi Lauper performs during the parade.
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Children press themselves up against a window while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from a building on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 42nd Street.
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The Spiderman balloon makes its way down Seventh Avenue.
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Musician Questlove performs at 83rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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The Buzz Lightyear balloon hovers in between Manhattan high rises during the 83rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
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People watch from their balcony's as the Smurf float is guided across Central Park South during the 83rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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The Spider Man float is guided through the parade.
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Ronald McDonald attends the Thanksgiving Day Parade and points out one of the balloons to the kids.
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Singer Gloria Gaynor performs at the 83rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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The Spongebob Squarepants float looks down on the parade goers. Spongebob was introduced into the parade in 2004.
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The Dora the Explorer float soars above the crowds during the parade.
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The Pikachu float is seen floating between the skyscrapers during the parade.
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The Rockettes perform one of their amazingly in sync routines during the parade.
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In preparation for the Macy's 83rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Spiderman balloon is inflated the night before Thanksgiving in New York City.
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Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear is inflated Nov. 25. The character, voiced by Tim Allen, will return to the big screen next June in Toy Story 3.
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Buzz made his Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade debut in 2008.
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The Macy's balloons are enormous - just look at the size of Kermit's feet!
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The Horton Hears a Who balloon pre-inflation.
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SpongeBob Squarepants rests on his nose during "Inflation Eve," the preparations Nov. 25 for the Macy's 83rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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The Smurf balloon is prepped for the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Shrek, who made his parade debut in 2007, is inflated the night before Thanksgiving.
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The Energizer Bunny float is inflated in preparation for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Elias Pinto works on the Buzz Lightyear balloon as it's inflated in New York Nov. 25 in preparation for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Macy's Parade Studio Vice President John Piper shows how a backdrop is used for balloon mock-ups at the design studio in Hoboken, N.J.
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Clay model sculptures are key to the process of designing a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon from conception to inflation.
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Workers prepare the Spongebob Squarepants balloon for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York. About 3.5 million spectators are crowding the sidewalks.
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Fans watch as the parade ballons are inflated on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The balloon inflating the day before the famous annual parade has become a popular ceremony for New Yorkers, bringing children and adults alike to watch the massive floats take shape.
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Before The Energizer Bunny balloon can keep going and going along the parade route, it must be inflated. Here is lies half-inflated as workers prepare for the parade.
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The 2007 parade debuted its first balloonicle - a self-powered balloon vehicle. The Energizer bunny keeps going, and going, and going...
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Parade-goers await the commencement of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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The balloons haven't always been fashioned around pop culture. A generic fish balloon is pulled during the 1941 parade.
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Jeff Koons' "Rabbit," a novelty balloon, debuts at the 81st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Workers stand in front of the Ronald McDonald balloon as they prepare for the 82nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Corporations haven't been shy from advertising in the annual parade. Ronald McDonald makes his way through Times Square during the 76th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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The popular Shrek balloon debuted in the 2007 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The movie character was based on a popular children's book by William Steig.
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Pikachu arrives at the 2007 parade. Pikachu's presence at the parade demonstrates the ongoing popularity of Pokemon.
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The Pikachu balloon floats down Broadway during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. The Pikachu balloon had electric power to light up its cheeks.
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Parade-lovers watch from their windows as the parade passes by.
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The popular children's character Dora the Explorer made history when she appeared in the parade in 2005 as the first character of Latin descent.
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The Hello Kitty balloon made her first appearance at the 81st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2007.
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Parade participants grasp their balloons before the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Macy's debuts a handful of new balloons each year. Horton the Elephant came along in 2008.
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To infinity and beyond! The Buzz Lightyear balloon floats down Broadway between Manhattan's skycrapers as millions pack the streets below during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York.
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The Smurf balloon floats down Broadway during the 82 annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
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Snoopy is a favorite Charles Schulz creation of the parade. He has appeared since the late '60s as one of six costumes including an astronaut, king, ice skater, and, of course, seen here as a World War I flying ace as it makes its way through Columbus Circle during the 80th Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
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The lovable Kermit the Frog floats through Times Square during the 81st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Other Sesame Street characters have appeared in the parade, including Big Bird and Grover.
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He's an oldie but goodie. Bullwinkle floats along the street in the 1963 parade.
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Cartoon characters have always been popular in the parade. Nickelodeon's Rugrats and Cartoon Network's Dexter make their way down Broadway during the 72nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Bart Simpson, another cartoon favorite, skateboards down 7th Avenue in the 1993 parade.
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Woody Woodpecker has long been a staple of the parade. He floats along during the 69th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Nickelodeon's "Little Bill" takes a practice flight to prepare for its debut as the first African American balloon in the 76th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2002.
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"Bandleader" Mickey moves through Times Square during the parade in 2000. Mickey Mouse was first introduced in 1934.
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