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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

A colorful cast of characters takes part in the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Sonic the Hedgehog flies by during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Nov. 28. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday.

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A spectator waves to Santa Claus during the parade.

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Santa Claus waves as he rides on his float down Central Park West.

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A giant balloon depicting the cartoon character Woodstock casts a shadow on a building.

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A giant Uncle Sam balloon is marched down 6th Avenue.

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Buzz Lightyear passes Radio City Music Hall.

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A police officer stands guard as a balloon flies low because of wind activity.

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Performers take part in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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The Spider-Man balloon floats down Central Park West.

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Jimmy Fallon and the Cookie Monster attend the parade.

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Clown Martin Thomas leaps over fellow performers before the start of the parade.

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Tubists from Mesa, Arizona, begin their march.

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A Native American performance group marches down 6th Avenue.

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Snoopy flies by as spectators look on during the parade. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday.

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Musicians warm up before the parade.

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Spectators dressed as turkeys stand behind police barricades.

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The Spider-Man balloon begins its journey outside the Museum of Natural History.

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The Hello Kitty balloon floats down Central Park West.

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Clowns get ready to take part in the parade.

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Balloon handlers wait for the parade to begin.

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Performers in the Thanksgiving Day Parade wait for a subway to take them to the start of the parade.

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