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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons soar
Thursday, November 28th, 2013

The 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade made its way through the streets of New York City on Thursday.

More than 3.5 million people were expected to turn out to watch the procession of giant balloons, fantasy floats, cheerleaders, dancers, clowns and marching bands.

High winds overnight had threatened to ground the balloons for the first time in more than 40 years.

But the procession went ahead after the strong winds died down by morning and authorities ordered balloon handlers to fly their inflated characters at a lower altitude along the 2.5-mile-long route. 

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The Sonic the Hedgehog balloon is seen during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday.

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The Abe Lincoln balloon floats down Central Park West during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday.

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The Papa Smurf balloon floats above the crowd gathered for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday.

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The Buzz Lightyear balloon flies down Central Park West during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday.

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People stand on a balcony as the Spiderman balloon floats down Central Park West during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday.

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SpongeBob SquarePants makes his way down Central Park West during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday.

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An Uncle Sam balloon floats past spectators standing on a balcony during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday.

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Spectators watch as the Hello Kitty balloon floats down the street during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.

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Santa Claus waves during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday.

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A man points at the Santa's Elf balloon floating down the street during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday.

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The Elf on a Shelf balloon floats down the street during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday.

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Members of a marching band make their way down the street during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday.

(Kena Betancur - Getty Images)
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