The 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


Sightseers throng past giant balloons being prepared for the parade. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


Workers prepare giant balloons on Wednesday night for Thursday’s 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


Performers wait for a subway to take them to the start of the parade Thursday morning. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Reuters)


Clowns prepare before the parade. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)


A spectator holds a sign along the parade route on Sixth Avenue. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Reuters)


Workers prepare the giant Snoopy balloon before the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, November 28, 2013, in New York. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday. (Photo by John Minchillo/AP Photo)


The Sonic the Hedgehog balloon makes it way down Central Park West. (Photo by Tina Fineberg/Associated Press)


A giant Snoopy balloon is marched through Columbus Circle. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers. (Photo by John Minchillo/Associated Press)


Julius the Monkey passes near Columbus Circle. (Photo by Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times)


Spectators watch the parade. (Photo by John Minchillo/Associated Press)


The Spiderman balloon floats down Central Park West during the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Reuters)


A balloon passes by the window of a third-floor apartment on Central Park West. (Photo by Todd Heisler/The New York Times)


A float makes its way down Sixth Avenue. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)


An elf balloon floats down Sixth Avenue. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Reuters)


A Keystone Cop balloon floats down Sixth Avenue. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Reuters)


Performers react to the cold weather as they participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)


The Wizard of Oz balloon makes its way through Columbus Circle. (Photo by Tina Fineberg/Associated Press)


A giant Uncle Sam balloon is marched down 6th Avenue during the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, November 28, 2013, in New York. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday. (Photo by John Minchillo/AP Photo)


A police officer stands on Sixth Avenue as a giant fireman balloon passes. (Photo by John Minchillo/Associated Press)


A performer on the Cirque du Soleil float cheers after firing confetti into the crowd on Sixth Avenue. (Photo by John Minchillo/Associated Press)


The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon floats down Sixth Avenue. (Photo by Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times)


The Kool-Aid Man balloon floats in the parade. (Photo by Todd Heisler/The New York Times)


The Papa Smurf balloon floats down Central Park West. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Reuters)


A Santa’s Elf balloon floats above the street. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)


Santa Claus makes his way down Sixth Avenue. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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