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Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington Bear, more! New floats join the Macy's Parade

The 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off Thursday morning with the usual exciting musical performances, celebrities, thousands of wide-eyed kids — and a handful of new floats!But this year, there are new floats to see: Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington Bear, a new Pokemon Pikachu, Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, the Pillsbury Doughboy and Skylanders Eruptor. The new floats wi
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The 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off Thursday morning with the usual exciting musical performances, celebrities, thousands of wide-eyed kids — and a handful of new floats!

Skylanders, the popular video game that brings toys to life, is taking flight for the first time in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.Mike Coppola / Today

But this year, there are new floats to see: Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington Bear, a new Pokemon Pikachu, Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, the Pillsbury Doughboy and Skylanders Eruptor. 

Musical comedy group The Red Hot Mamma's rehearse for the parade.Michael Loccisano / Today

The new floats will take to the skies for the first time along with dozens of other fun balloons.

Handlers steer Thomas the Tank Engine through the parking lot at CitiField on Nov. 8.Julie Jacobson / Today

The more than 50 million people watching the parade from home will enjoy the 27 floats, and 1,300 cheerleaders and dancers. 

Thousands filled New York City’s streets Thursday to watch the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring floats, balloons, marching bands and cast performances from Broadway’s latest hits.