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New York City braves the cold for Macy's 92nd Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thousands lined the streets to brave one of the coldest Thanksgivings in over a century as balloons floated and marchers danced in celebration of the 92nd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Image: A turkey float gets underway during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan

A turkey float gets underway during the 92nd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Nov. 22, 2018.

The annual parade, which began in 1924, features giant balloons of characters from popular culture floating above the streets of Manhattan.

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A New York Police Department officer and K9 unit stand guard as people arrive to watch the parade.

Thursday had the potential to be New York City’s coldest Thanksgiving since 1901, when the temperature only got as high as 26 degrees. The coldest on record was in 1871, when the warmest it got was 22 degrees.

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Singer Rita Ora high fives with Ronald McDonald during the the parade.

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Image: A marching band performs during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan

A marching band performs during the parade as they make their way down the Upper West Side.

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Image: A child watches floats pass from behind a barricade during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan

A child watches floats pass from behind a barricade, all bundled up for the colder than average weather.

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A performer is covered in confetti from the parade crowds.

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The Ronald McDonald balloon passes by windows of a building on Central Park West during the parade.

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A cheerleader huddles for warmth before their performance in the parade.

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Greg Heffley from the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series balloon makes its way down Central Park West.

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Image: Clowns wave to spectators during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan

Clowns wave to spectators during the parade.

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A Paw Patrol float hovers above its handlers and the crowd.

The big balloons were cleared for takeoff just before the parade, although some of them floated at noticeably lower heights above the people holding their tethers.

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Image: Participants perform during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan

Participants wave their flags during their performance for the parade.

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Image: Clowns on roller blades perform during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan

Clowns on roller blades skate down the parade route.

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The Spongebob balloon makes its way around Columbus Circle, the south west corner of Central Park.

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The Macy's turkey float makes its way through a celebration of confetti on the parade route.

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People shout as they attend the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The parade runs 46 blocks from the west side of Central Park to Macy’s flagship store in midtown Manhattan.

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Pikachu and Snow Pikachu fly over 6th Avenue during the parade.

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Bystanders refused to let cold temperatures put a damper on watching the parade, breaking out the blankets and sleeping bags to watch the giant balloons go by.

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Image: Sinclair's DINO float hovers above the crowd during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan

Sinclair's DINO float hovers above the crowd as it peeks out from buildings along the parade route.

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Clowns greet spectators during the parade.

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The Grinch balloon floats over Central Park West.

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The Olaf balloon floats past Radio City Music Hall.

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Image: Santa Claus waves to the crowd during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan

Santa Claus waves to the parade crowd.

The parade features about 8,000 marchers, including high school bands from across the country, and two-dozen floats culminating with the arrival of Santa Claus.

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