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    Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

    See images of the giant balloons and festivities at the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

  • Image: Santa Claus rides on his sleigh down Central Park West during the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

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    Santa Claus rides on his sleigh during the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Nov. 22. The annual parade, which began in 1924, features giant balloons of pop culture characters floating above the streets of Manhattan.

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  • Image: A balloon float makes its way down 6th Ave during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

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    A patriotic balloon float makes its way down the parade.

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  • Image: Clowns gather as the sun rises over the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

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    Clowns gather as the sun rises over the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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  • Image: A family in turkey hats arrives to take a seat as the sun rises over the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

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    A family in turkey hats arrives to take their seats for the parade.

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  • Image: A Kung Fu Panda balloon float makes its way down 6th Ave during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

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    A Kung Fu Panda balloon float makes its way down the parade.

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  • Image: Dancers perform on Central Park West during the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

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    Dancers perform on Central Park West.

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  • Image: Policemen walk along Central Park West as the Hello Kitty balloon waits for the start of the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

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    Policemen walk along Central Park West as the Hello Kitty balloon waits for the start of the parade.

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  • Image: The Spiderman balloon floats down Central Park West during the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

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    The Spider-Man balloon floats down Central Park West.

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    The Kermit the Frog balloon makes its way down Central Park West.

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  • Image: The Harold the Policeman balloon floats down Central Park West during the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

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    The Harold the Policeman balloon floats above the crowd.

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  • Image: A clown uses a portable toilet as the sun rises over the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

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    A clown uses a portable toilet as the sun rises over the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. More than 3 million people typically attend the event and it has a TV audience of 50 million.

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  • Image: People wait as the sun rises over the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

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    Spectators stake out positions on the morning of the parade.

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    Clowns prepare for the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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  • Image: PREPARATIONS FOR THE  MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

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    Crowds gather on Nov. 21, the day before the parade, to see the balloons inflated.

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    Macy's workers unfold a balloon to be inflated, adjacent to the Chloe and Spider-Man balloons.

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    The Spider-Man balloon is inflated the day before the parade on Nov. 21.

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  • Image: Macy's Prepares Floats For Thanksgiving Day Parade

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    Onlookers watch as Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade staff inflate balloons.

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    The new Elf on the Shelf balloon is inflated for the parade on New York's Upper West Side.

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