NEW YORK (WVUE) - With humble beginnings in 1924, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has become a Thanksgiving staple for many American families.
Every year, millions flock to New York City to see the massive helium balloons, spectacular floats, pulse-pounding marching bands, celebrity performances and – of course – Santa Clause.
The parade began as a small, employee-run event called the Macy's Christmas Parade. It has since morphed into the mega-event that requires months of preparation.
This year's parade included 16 giant character balloons; 33 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 27 floats; 1,300 cheerleaders and dancers; 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands; and a host of celebrity performers.
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