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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.

The Spider-Man balloon floats down Central Park West during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Nov. 28. Gary Hershorn / Reuters
Clown Martin Thomas leaps over fellow performers before the start of the parade. Gary Hershorn / Reuters
Tubists from Mesa, Arizona begin their march. John Brecher / NBC News
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. Julio Cortez / AP
Musicians warm up before the parade. Carlo Allegri / Reuters
The Sonic the Hedgehog balloon floats down Central Park West. Gary Hershorn / Reuters
Spectators dressed as turkeys stand behind police barricades. John Minchillo / AP
The Spider-Man balloon begins its journey outside the Museum of Natural History. John Brecher / NBC News
The Hello Kitty balloon floats down Central Park West. Gary Hershorn / Reuters
Clowns get ready to take part in the parade. Carlo Allegri / Reuters
Balloon handlers wait for the parade to begin. John Minchillo / AP
Performers in the Thanksgiving Day Parade wait for a subway to take them to the start of the parade. Gary Hershorn / Reuters