Photos: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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The Ronald McDonald balloon floats on sixth avenue during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Thousands of families and friends gathered alongside New York City's 6th Avenue for the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 27th. Famous figures floated above the city, Cirque du Soleil performers dazzled, and over 8,000 acts entertained the crowds during the parade, which stretched from Manhattan's Upper West Side to Herald Square. Check out the photos below to see some highlights from this year's parade.

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People watch on from a window during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Andrew Kelly/Reuters
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Performers prepare for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, November 27, 2014. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters
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Members of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation team check a balloon during preparations for the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Eduardo Munoz/Reuters
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The Thomas The Tank Engine float makes its way down 6th Ave during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Carlo Allegri/Reuters
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A SpongeBob SquarePants balloon floats down Central Park West during the 88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters
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The Snoopy balloon floats down Sixth Avenue during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Andrew Kelly/Reuters
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Children try to watch the 88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters
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A float makes its way down 6th Ave during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, in New York. Carlo Allegri/Reuters
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The Ronald McDonald balloon floats on sixth avenue during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Andrew Kelly/Reuters
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Members of Cirque du Soleil take part in the 88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters
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A member of the Red Hot Mamas performs during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Andrew Kelly/Reuters
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Members of the Madison Scouts perform during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Andrew Kelly/Reuters
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A member of the New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies blows a kiss during the 88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters