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Workers Ready Balloons For The 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Pics)

November 25th, 2010 12:51am EST

Macy's Balloons

For most people Thanskgiving Day is about turkey, football and the late afternoon tryptophan coma (a myth that's been debunked - yet we all get sleepy for some reason). But none of it would feel right without starting the day with a little breakfast, a hot cup of coffee and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The yearly American tradition expects 3.5 million people to line the streets of New York City with another 50 million television viewers watching from the comfort of their living rooms.

The parade is most notable for it's gigantic helium ballons, marching bands and dance troupes; as well as a fair share of celebrity guests. This year's biggie? Kanye West.

"Yo Kermit, I'm really happy for you and I'mma let you finish - but Snoopy is, like, one of the greatest floats of all-time."

Other stars include Nickelodeon sweethearts Miranda Cosgrove & Victoria Justice, Jessica Simpson, Gladys Knight, Keri Hilson, Joan Rivers and Kylie Minogue.

The 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off at 9:00 AM on Thanksgiving day, and airs on NBC.

Character balloons for Thursday's parade include:
Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Horton (Horton Hears a Who)
Kermit the Frog
Hello Kitty
Po (Kung-Fu Panda)
Pikachu (Pokemon)
The Pillsbury Dough boy
Ronald McDonald
Sailor Mickey Mouse
Shrek
Snoopy
Spider-Man
SpongeBob SquarePants
Smurfs
Kool-Aid

 

Macy's Balloons

 

Macy's Balloons

 

Macy's Balloons

 

Macy's Balloons

 

Macy's Balloons

 

Macy's Balloons

 

Macy's Balloons

 

Macy's Balloons

 

Macy's Balloons

 

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