New York's favorite superhero will take to the skies again this year during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The 78-foot-long float requires 90 handlers to steer him through the streets of the Big Apple. Spider-Man debuted in the parade in 1987, but he got a facelift in 2009.
Each year, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off with one of the most iconic floats, Tom Turkey, who'll proudly lead the route down Broadway. He was introduced in 1971, making him one of the parade's oldest floats.
Snoopy and his buddy Woodstock has been showing up for the parade since 1968, making him a fan favorite. In the parade's history, there have been six different Snoopy balloons, and the 2013 parade will debut the seventh Snoopy balloon during the pup's 37th flight.
This will be Buzz Lightyear's sixth appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and he's already one of the most popular balloons. Buzz holds the distinction as the first balloon in the parade to use a clear material, used in his helmet. To infinity and beyond!
Since 1981, the New York Daily News Big Apple float will parade the New York City skyline right down the center of Broadway. In celebration of the 2014 Superbowl coming to New York, several NFL legends will be riding aboard the Big Apple float.
Hello Kitty first showed up in 2007, and she'll return – red bow and all – in her second form this year. Riding in her yellow airplane, she's as tall as a three-story building and as wide as eight taxi cabs.
Papa Smurf debuted in 2012, but he and his blue family are no strangers to the parade – they've been a part of the event since 2008. Baton in hand, Papa Smurf will dance his way from Central Park all the way to Herald Square.
Mount Rushmore's American Pride will be back for its fourth trip down Broadway, bringing one of the nation's most iconic landmarks to the streets of New York City. This year, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will be along for the ride.