The Best Floats at Macy's Day Parade

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    Super-Man

    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.

    Photo courtesy of Jeremy Vandel

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    Tom Turkey

    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.

    Photo courtesy of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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    Snoopy and Woodstock

    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.

    Photo courtesy of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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    Buzz Lightyear

    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!

    Photo courtesy of Jeremy Vandel

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    New York Daily News Big Apple

    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.

    Photo courtesy of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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    Hello Kitty

    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.

    Photo courtesy of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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    Santa's Sleigh

    The holiday season officially begins when Santa's Sleigh makes its way from the North Pole to Macy’s Herald Square, closing out the parade. The 60-foot-long float is over three stories tall.

    Photo courtesy of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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    Pikachu

    Rosy-cheeked Pikachu will return in 2013 yet another trip down Broadway, a trip he's taken half a dozen since his introduction in 2006. The four-story tall balloon requires 106 handlers.

    Photo courtesy of Ben+Sam

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    Papa Smurf

    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.

    Photo courtesy of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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    Mount Rushmore's American Pride

    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.

    Photo courtesy of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


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