Balloons float through NYC for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


MANHATTAN (PIX11) — The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade descended on Sixth Avenue on Thursday. Like every other year, it lived up to the hype. It was a time to enjoy, a time to make new friends and a time to give thanks.

Security was tight with additional NYPD officers on standby. Not only did they protect the parade, the NYPD marching band also joined in the festivities.

The parade featured 16 giant balloons, 28 floats, 40 novelty and heritage inflatables, 12 marching bands, 700 clowns, 10 performance groups, a host of celebrity guests and the one and only Father Christmas.

With mostly clear skies and a light breeze, it was ideal weather conditions for these giant balloons. There were also old favorites and new balloons, including US soccer star Striker, who performed an iconic bicycle kick to celebrate the FIFA World Cup, and Bluey, the Australian cattle pup who made his debut in the parade But it was a Snoopy that got the kids really excited.

This annual tradition dates back nearly a century and attracts 3 million spectators, according to organizers.

It’s a perfect time to share that great feeling and enjoy the holidays.

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