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article imagePhoto Essay: Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade returns to New York

By David Silverberg     Nov 28, 2013 in Lifestyle
New York - Despite worries that high winds would ground floats and balloons at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, it was kid-friendly fun as usual as the Parade snaked along the streets of New York Thursday afternoon.
Now in its 88th year, the Thanksgiving Parade attracts more than 3.5 million New Yorkers and more than 500 millions fans watching the event from home.
The Daily News said this year's parade included 30 floats, as well as 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers, 900 clowns and 11 marching bands.
Earlier this week, organizers feared they would have to ground certain high-flying balloons and floats due to weather reports of strong winds arriving Thursday in New York. The anxiety promopted New York police to request that the balloons be flown five feet lower than normal, just to be safe.
Some mishaps did mar the usual flow of the Parade. The Sonic the Hedgehog balloon got caught on a tree while rounding a corner near the start of the parade route; handlers used cutters on a rope to free the balloon, according to media reports.
Also, the Daily News notes a cart ran over parade volunteer Keri O'Connell's foot while she was handling the Buzz Lightyear balloon.
See below for a variety of photos of the Thanksgiving Parade:
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy s Thanksgiving day parade in New York  Nove...
A float makes its way down 6th Ave. during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York, November 28, 2013
With permission by Reuters
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