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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013: More than 3.5 million spectators watched annual procession

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More than 3.5 million spectators watched the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on the streets of New York City on November 28.

Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons have gotten the all-clear to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers at the annual parade.

There’d been some concerns about whether the wind could keep 16 giant balloons grounded, but the cherished tradition prevailed.

More than 3.5 million spectators watched the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on the streets of New York City

More than 3.5 million spectators watched the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on the streets of New York City

Balloon handlers were keeping a tight grip on their inflated characters and held them fairly close to the ground in tree-lined areas. The wind was around 26 mph.

The cheering throngs were bundled against a 30-degree chill, but the sun was shining. Some in the crowd lifted small children onto their shoulders.

Elsewhere in the country, Thanksgiving traditions were largely unaffected by the weather.

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