MANHATTAN (PIX11) — The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade came down on Sixth Avenue Thursday. Like every other year, it lived up to the hype. It was a time to enjoy, a time to make new friends and a time to give thanks.
Security was tight with extra NYPD officers at the ready. Not only did they protect the parade, the NYPD marching band took part in the festivities.
The parade featured 16 giant balloons, 28 floats, 40 new and historic inflatables, 12 marching bands, 700 clowns, 10 performance groups, a host of celebrity guests and the one and only Santa Claus.
With mostly clear skies and a light breeze, the weather conditions were ideal for these giant balloons. There were old favorites as well as new balloons, including Striker, the American soccer star, who performed an iconic bicycle kick in honor of the FIFA World Cup, and Bluey, the Australian cattle pup who made her parade debut. But it was a Snoopy that really got kids excited.
This annual tradition goes back almost a century and, according to the organizers, attracts 3 million spectators.
It’s a perfect time to share that great feeling and enjoy the holiday season.