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Thousands brave chill to watch Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The big balloons soared along with the crowd's spirits Thursday as the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade made its way through the streets of New York City.

The cheering throngs were bundled against a 30-degree chill, but the sun was shining.

There'd been some concerns about whether the wind could keep 16 giant balloons grounded, but the cherished tradition prevailed.

"We thought they'd find a way to pull it off," said parade-goer John Mispagel, of San Jose, Calif. "It's really fun seeing so many people having such a great time." Read the full story.

Crystal Nix, left, and Destiny Golden brave the cold while sitting on bleachers as they wait for the parade. John Minchillo / AP