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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.

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. Gary Hershorn / Reuters
A patriotic balloon float makes its way down the parade. Carlo Allegri / Reuters
Clowns gather as the sun rises over the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Carlo Allegri / Reuters
A family in turkey hats arrives to take their seats for the parade. Carlo Allegri / Reuters
A Kung Fu Panda balloon float makes its way down the parade. Carlo Allegri / Reuters
Dancers perform on Central Park West. Gary Hershorn / Reuters
Policemen walk along Central Park West as the Hello Kitty balloon waits for the start of the parade. Gary Hershorn / Reuters
The Spider-Man balloon floats down Central Park West. Gary Hershorn / Reuters
The Kermit the Frog balloon makes its way down Central Park West. Louis Lanzano / AP
The Harold the Policeman balloon floats above the crowd. Gary Hershorn / Reuters
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. Carlo Allegri / Reuters
Spectators stake out positions on the morning of the parade. Carlo Allegri / Reuters
Clowns prepare for the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Carlo Allegri / Reuters
Crowds gather on Nov. 21, the day before the parade, to see the balloons inflated. Peter Foley / EPA
Macy's workers unfold a balloon to be inflated, adjacent to the Chloe and Spider-Man balloons. Richard Drew / AP
The Spider-Man balloon is inflated the day before the parade on Nov. 21. Peter Foley / EPA
Onlookers watch as Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade staff inflate balloons. Ramin Talaie / Getty Images
The new Elf on the Shelf balloon is inflated for the parade on New York's Upper West Side. Richard Drew / AP