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In Pictures: New York parties with huge Thanksgiving parade

Published 26/11/2010 | 02:06

A float depicting the cartoon character Shrek moves down the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade route November 25, 2010 in New York City.
A float depicting the cartoon character Shrek moves down the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade route November 25, 2010 in New York City.
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: A cartoon balloon makes its way through the streets during the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: The Spiderman balloon makes its way through the streets during the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: The Horton Hears a Who! balloon makes its way through the streets during the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: The Hello Kitty balloon makes its way through the streets during the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: Actress/singer Miranda Cosgrove and the "Despicable Me" Minions make their way through the streets on the Statue of Liberty float during the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Nickelodeon) *** Local Caption *** Miranda Cosgrove
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon makes his way through the streets during the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon makes his way through the streets during the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon makes his way through the streets during the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: Po, the Kung Fu Panda balloon makes his way through the streets during the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: Po from Nickelodeon's Kung Fu Panda: The Series floats down Broadway for the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: Po from Nickelodeon's Kung Fu Panda: The Series floats down Broadway for the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: A Mickey Mouse float moves down the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade route November 25, 2010 in New York City. This year's annual parade features approximately 8,000 participants, 15 giant character balloons and 43 novelty balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: A Mickey Mouse float moves down the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade route November 25, 2010 in New York City. This year's annual parade features approximately 8,000 participants, 15 giant character balloons and 43 novelty balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 23: Actress/singer Victoria Justice attends the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving day parade rehearsal at Macy's Herald Square on November 23, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Victoria Justice
Kermit the Frog and Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloons float in the air before the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Participants walk to their places before the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Yuri Van Singh, 6, from Maryland, left, waves as the SpongeBob SquarePants float approaches by during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
Members of the New York Police Department stand by as the Shrek balloon makes it's way across 42nd Street during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
The Snoopy balloon floats through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: The Kermit the Frog float glides across Columbus Circle near the beginning of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. This year's annual parade features approximately 8,000 participants, 15 giant character balloons and 43 novelty balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: The Snoopy float glides across Columbus Circle to open the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. This year's annual parade features approximately 8,000 participants, 15 giant character balloons and 43 novelty balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: The Snoopy float glides down Central Park South during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. This year's annual parade features approximately 8,000 participants, 15 giant character balloons and 43 novelty balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: The Snoopy float glides down Central Park South during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. This year's annual parade features approximately 8,000 participants, 15 giant character balloons and 43 novelty balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade staff inflate balloons November 24, 2010 in New York City. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature 15 giant character balloons and 43 novelty balloons. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade staff inflate balloons November 24, 2010 in New York City. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature 15 giant character balloons and 43 novelty balloons. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade staff inflate the Energizer Bunny balloon November 24, 2010 in New York City. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature 15 giant character balloons and 43 novelty balloons. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: The Smurf float passes by people watching from apartments and offices on Seventh Avenue, heading south to Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. The 84th annual celebration featured approximately 8,000 participants including more 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers, twelve marching bands, and an assortment of celebrities in addition to 15 giant character balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: The Smurf float moves through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. This year's annual parade features approximately 8,000 participants, 15 giant character balloons and 43 novelty balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: The Smurf float moves through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. This year's annual parade features approximately 8,000 participants, 15 giant character balloons and 43 novelty balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: A boy watches a float from an apartment on Central Park South during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. This year's annual parade features approximately 8,000 participants, 15 giant character balloons and 43 novelty balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: Cheerleaders snake their way in formation through Columbus Circle onto Central Park South near the beginning of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. This year's annual parade features approximately 8,000 participants, 15 giant character balloons and 43 novelty balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: A Mickey Mouse float moves down the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade route November 25, 2010 in New York City. This year's annual parade features approximately 8,000 participants, 15 giant character balloons and 43 novelty balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: The Purdue university marching band performs on Central Park South near the beginning of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. This year's annual parade features approximately 8,000 participants, 15 giant character balloons and 43 novelty balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: A float depicting the cartoon character Shrek moves down the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade route November 25, 2010 in New York City. The 84th annual celebration featured approximately 8,000 participants including more 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers, twelve marching bands, and an assortment of celebrities in addition to 15 giant character balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: Actress/singer Victoria Justice makes her way through the streets on the Build-A-Bear Workshop float the during the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: Actress/singer Miranda Cosgrove signs an autograph for a fan before she makes her way through the streets on the Statue of Liberty float the during the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: A float depicting the cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants moves down the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade route November 25, 2010 in New York City. The 84th annual celebration featured approximately 8,000 participants including more 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers, twelve marching bands, and an assortment of celebrities in addition to 15 giant character balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: A float depicting the cartoon character Shrek moves down the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade route November 25, 2010 in New York City. The 84th annual celebration featured approximately 8,000 participants including more 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers, twelve marching bands, and an assortment of celebrities in addition to 15 giant character balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: Children watch a float go by from an apartment on Central Park South during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. The 84th annual celebration featured approximately 8,000 participants including more 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers, twelve marching bands, and an assortment of celebrities in addition to 15 giant character balloons. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
The Spider-Man balloon floats through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
The Kermit the Frog balloon floats through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

A Thanksgiving Day parade in New York yesterday drew tens of thousands of spectators to the annual extravaganza on a chilly, overcast morning.

Emily Rowlinson, a tourist from London, squealed and snapped pictures with her mobile phone as the massive Smurf balloon floated by a packed pavement on along the Manhattan route.

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"We don't have anything like this in England," she exclaimed. "We have parades. We don't have any sort of huge, floating beasts. It's very cool."

As millions more watched the live broadcast on television, revellers gathered nationwide for other parades in cities such as Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Entertainers on tap in New York included Kanye West, Gladys Knight and Colombian rocker Juanes. The Broadway casts of American Idiot and Elf performed, along with marching bands from across the US.

Perched on her father's shoulders, 16-month-old Stella Laracque wriggled and danced with excitement as SpongeBob SquarePants, Hello Kitty, Shrek and other beloved figures wafted past her.

"She doesn't really know the characters, but she's loving it," said her father, Mike Laracque of Manhattan.

Another new balloon character was Virginia O'Hanlon, the eight-year-old girl whose letter to the editor elicited the response, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."

And, as always, there was a Santa Claus in the parade. A huge cheer erupted as he passed by a crowd gathered about midway along the route.

Returning balloons included Pillsbury Doughboy and Spider-Man - the last with a new fan in Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He said in an interview that he had traditionally favoured Snoopy, but after the Marvel Entertainment character was involved in a recent event promoting city services for job-seekers, "Spidey is my new favourite."

The Macy's parade started in 1924 when employees from the department store marched in costume from Harlem to Macy's flagship store on 34th Street. The parade was suspended from 1942 to 1944 because rubber and helium were needed for the Second World War, making Thursday's parade the 84th.

The parade followed the route it inaugurated last year, starting on Central Park West and proceeding down Seventh and Sixth Avenues to 34th Street. The route had to be changed when vehicles were banned from parts of Broadway.

Workers removed street lights and traffic lights to make way for the massive balloons and were standing by to replace the equipment.

In Detroit, a morning drizzle and chilly temperatures were not enough to keep John and Matt Fisher from attending that city's parade. The father and son had their vehicle set up a day ahead of time and by Thursday morning had a prime spot for watching the parade - equipped with coffee, hot cocoa, soup and chilli dogs.

"Got to see Santa," said John Fisher, 53. "If we don't see Santa, we're not sure he's gonna bring presents."

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