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Best of the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Your favorite balloons, floats and performers through the years

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    The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been going strong for 87 years! Take a look back at the best balloons, floats, and performers from over the years!

    The world famous Rockettes have been performing every year at the parade since 1957.

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    Balloons from the parade in 1930 include animals like a fish and a donkey.

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    Before the Tom Turkey float was introduced in 1971, the parade had another turkey float. Here it is in 1961.

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    Cabbage Patch Kids dolls were all the rage in the '80s. In 1984 they got their own float in the parade!
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    Everyone's favorite rhyming Cat in the Hat made his parade debut in 1994.

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    Izzy, mascot of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Georgia, had its own balloon in the parade that year.

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    The Popeye balloon was introduced in 1957. He must have eaten all his spinach to get that big!

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    America's beloved purple singing dinosaur Barney first made his debut in the parade in 1994. That year the balloon actually tore its side on a lamp post.

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    Ashanti appeared at the 2002 parade on the M&M float.

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    Spiderman unleashed his spidy senses on the Thanksgiving Day parade in 1987, and a second version was introduced in 2009.

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    OHH YEAHHH! Kool Aid Man came marched his way into the parade in 2010.

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    The Rockettes are always one of the best parts of the parade are are always that last pre-parade act to perform.

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    Kung Fu Panda kicked his way into the Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2010.

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    Our favorite ogre Shrek made his parade debut in 2007, the same year Shrek the Thrid came out.

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    Mark Twain came marching down 7th Avenue in 2010.

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    Buzz Lightyear landed at the parade in 2008. To infinity and beyond!

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    He's ready, he's ready, he's ready! Spongebob made his way from Bikini Bottom to the Big Apple to made his parade debut in 2004.

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    Santa is always welcomed into the Herald Square at the end of the parade. He's making his list and checking it twice!

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    Beethoven made his debut at the parade in 1993.

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    Rick Astley as part of Rick Roll performed at the parade in 2008.
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    In 2009, Cyndi Lauperperformed on the Castle of Dreams float from My Princess Academy. Her hair matched the float!

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    Kanye West made his way down the NYC streets in The Big Apple float in 2010. He performed his song "Lost In The World."

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    A pre-twerking Miley Cyrus performed "I Thought I Lost You" from the movie Bolt on the movie's float. Miley was the voice of Penny from the movie.

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    The Tom Turkey Float was first introduced at the parade in 1971.

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    It's A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving ... parade! Charlie made his parade debut in 2002.

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    In 2011, Scotty McCreery performed "The Trouble With Girls" at the parade, but got off to a rough start after what many are calling a "lip-sync fail" after the song began to play before he could sing.

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    Sonic The Hedgehog first came racing into the parade in 1993 as the first video game character in the parade's history. A second version of Sonic was introduced in 2011.

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    Kermit The Frog made his parade premiere in 1977! A second version made its debut in 2002.

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    Papa Smurf made his way from the enchanted forest to the Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2012.

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    Pikachu! This adorable pokemon first made his parade debut in 2001. Another version of him including a poke ball was introduced in 2006,

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    The Planters Nutmobile joined the parade in 2011. The peanut-shaped vehicle runs on bio-diesel fuel and has solar panels on the roof!

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    The Ronald McDonald has gone through three versions over the years. He first appeared in 1987, with a second version debuted in 2000, and the most recent version in 2009!

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    Jimmy Neutron and his amazing hair made his way to the parade in 2001.

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    The Monopoly Man first appeared in the parade in 2003, with his bag of money!

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    The "Soaring Spirit" canoe float was filled with students of the American Indian College Fund, and soared into the parade in 2005.

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    Mary J. Blige gave a dazzling performance on The Big Apple float in 2011.

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    Neil Diamond performed "Coming To America" on the Mount Rushmore American Pride float in 2011.

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    Ice Queen Joan Rivers appeared at the parade in 2011.

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    There are 6 different Snoopy balloons. The very first Snoopy balloon - Aviator Snoopy - made his parade debut in 1968! This version - The Flying Ace - was debuted in 2006, and a brand new Snoopy balloon will be premiered this year!

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    Carly Rae Jepsen performed her single "This Kiss" at the parade on an ice rink float in 2012!

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    Flo Rida and Stayc Reign performed "I Cry" on The Big Apple float in 2012.

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    Jimmy Fallon performed "We Will Rock You" with The Roots on an amazing guitar-themed float at the 2012 parade.

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    The Wanted performed "I Found You" on the Hess float in 2012.

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