Slide 1: The Macy's Day Parade

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With its floats, balloons, bands, and entertainers, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade—now in its 85th year—has become a permanent part of American culture and a favorite site for millions of New York City residents and visitors who line the two-mile parade route and the estimated 50 million who watch the festivities on television.


Macy's Day Parade: A Bird's Eye View

From the seventh floor window, a bird's eye view of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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  1. The Macy's Day Parade

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    With its floats, balloons, bands, and entertainers, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade—now in its 85th year—has become a permanent part of American culture and a favorite site for millions of New York City residents and visitors who line the two-mile parade route and the estimated 50 million who watch the festivities on television.

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  2. Pikachu

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    Pikachu, widely considered the most popular Pokemon and the official mascot of the animated franchise, has become an icon of Japanese culture over the years. Pikachu was first introduced to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2006.

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  3. Scooby-Doo

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    During windy conditions, the balloons are kept closer to the ground for safety reasons. Such was the case this Thanksgiving, as Scooby-Doo—an animated television character created by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1969—appeared to bound clumsily down Broadway.

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  4. The Little Toy Soldier

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    Despite its balloon-like appearance, this version of the Little Toy Soldier, a character that was first introduced to the Macy's Day Parade in 1949, is actually a falloon—a word mash-up of "float" and "balloon," but in reality a vehicle-driven balloon.

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  5. Raggedy Ann

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    While Raggedy Ann—the fictional character created by American writer Johnny Gruelle—was first introduced to children in 1918 with the release of the book, "Raggedy Ann Stories," she didn't join the Macy's Day Parade until 1984.

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  6. Frosty the Snowman

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    With his stove top hat and carrot nose, there is no denying this falloon is Frosty the Snowman—a character popularized in a song first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950 and illustrated in the Little Golden Storybook edition of the song published the same year.

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  7. Garfield

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    Despite his laziness, obsessive eating, and hatred of Mondays, the animated Garfield the Cat character was noted as the most widely syndicated comic strip in history according to Guinness Book of Records 2002. Garfield was introduced to the parade in 2984.

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  8. Ronald McDonald

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    If you feel like a burger, it's only natural. Ronald McDonald, the cartoon figure associated with the McDonald's brand, has been part of the Macy's Day Parade since 1987.

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  9. Ice Cream Cone

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    There have been various novelty balloons over the years. This Ice Cream Cone was introduced in 1987. Sprinkled with sugar and topped with cherries and chocolate chip sprinkles, it is a whimsical addition to the Macy's Day Parade.

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  10. Charlie Brown

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    In 2002, parade goers saw the introduction of the Charlie Brown balloon, based on the loveable central character of the Peanuts series (created by Charles M. Schulz). Charlie Brown, despite endless determination and hope, and constant criticism from Lucy, fails at almost every thing he attempts.

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