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4 new Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons and 11 other highlights



Spider-Man makes his way through NYC streets during the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2012 in New York.
Spider-Man makes his way through NYC streets during the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2012 in New York.
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The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place Thursday morning in New York City. This year featured four new balloons:

Some of the parade’s other highlights:

McKayla actually looks impressed!

Despite controversy that led to his puppeteer resigning, Elmo made his appearance in the parade:

Along with other Sesame Street characters:

Musicians included Carly Rae Jepsen of “Call Me Maybe” fame:

Boy band the Wanted:

Don McLean of “American Pie” in front of a not-so-giant Mount Rushmore:

The Neon Trees with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

And late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon with his house band the Roots:

Whoopi Goldberg on a pirate ship:

I don’t know what this is either:

And a classic, the Spider-Man balloon the year that we just saw “The Amazing Spider-Man” Spidey movie relaunch:

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has more than 3.5 million spectators live and more than 50 million viewers, according to Macy’s.