Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

America's favorite holiday tradition, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® returned to dazzle and enchant millions nationwide yesterday.

The 85th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade took to the streets of New York City with a cornucopia of whimsical treats for the whole family. From new giant character helium balloons, including Paul Frank's iconic monkey "Julius" and "Sonic the Hedgehog," to out-of-this world floats including "ZHU-NIVERSE!" and "Frozen Fall Fun," the magic began at the sound of "Let's Have A Parade!"

The Parade featured 15 giant character balloons; 44 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles and balloonheads; 27 floats; 1,600 cheerleaders, dancers and performance group members; 800 clowns; 11 marching bands; a host of celebrity performers, and the one-and-only Santa Claus.

Check out photos from the festivities below!

Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Welcome to the Macy's 85th Thanksgiving Day Parade

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Sonic The Hedgehog

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Pilgrim Man and Pilgrim Woman

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Avril Lavigne, Chef Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar on Tom Turkey Float

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Pumpkin Balloons

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Rodney Atkins

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Sesame Street Cast and Puppets Float

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Harold The Policeman Balloon

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Ingrid Michaelson

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Harold The Fireman Balloon

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
A Macy's Fireperson

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Buzz Lightyear

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Cee Lo Green

 

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Aflac Duck

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Savannah Outen

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Savannah Outen

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
The Pillsbury Doughboy

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Scotty McCreery

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Macy's Apple Pie

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Sponge Bob Square Pants

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Michael Feinstein

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Sailor Mickey

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
King Fu Panda

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
China Anne McClain

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Julius Balloon

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Joba Chamberlin

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Snoopy

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Charlie Brown and Lucy

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Neil Diamond

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Neil Diamond

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Ice Cream Cone Balloon

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Ronald McDonald

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Big Apple Circus

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Cloe The Holiday Clown Balloon

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
United We Sing

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Uncle Sam

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Miss America 2011 Theresa Scanlan

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Spiderman

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Mary J. Blige

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
New York Daily News Float

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Pikachu

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Mr. Peanut

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
B Balloon

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
B Balloon

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Zendaya

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Hello Kitty

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Candy Cane

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Johnny Weir

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Gazer The Elf Balloon

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Clumsy Smurf

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Big Man Santa

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Macy's helpers

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Straight No Chaser

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Virginia

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Mannheim Steamroller

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Kermit the Frog

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Charlie, Kit and CJ Elf Balloons

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus

Photo Coverage: The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

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