NEW YORK (AP) — Throngs of spectators lined the streets of New York on Thursday as colourful, high-flying balloons helped usher within the vacation season in the course of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The annual custom, which dates again almost a century, packed streets as a procession of large inflatables and floats streamed for greater than 40 blocks from Central Park to Herald Sq..

Kids balanced atop metallic barricades and hung from scaffolding to observe the balloons amid principally sunny skies and a slight breeze.

“Blue, Blue. There’s Blue,” yelled Divyam Kumar, 6, as his father helped steadiness him and his 4-year-old brother Aanu Aryan on a metallic rail.

The teenager was referring to the star of the animated present “Blue’s Clues” — to not be confused with the worldwide cartoon sensation Bluey, an Australian cattle pup making her parade debut.

Bluey’s balloon towered as tall as a four-story constructing and stretched as large as seven taxi cabs.

Stuart, the one-eyed Minion, was additionally there to thrill the gang.

Snoopy, dressed as an astronaut, once more made an look, as did Papa Smurf, Ronald McDonald and SpongeBob.

This yr’s parade, by the numbers: 16 large balloons, 28 floats, 40 novelty and heritage inflatables, 12 marching bands, 10 efficiency teams, 700 clowns and one Santa Claus.

The procession of characters have been being joined by singer Paula Abdul, in her first parade look; indie pop band Fitz and the Tantrums; boy band Large Time Rush; “Blue’s Clues & You!” host Josh Dela Cruz; singer Gloria Estefan; gospel singer Kirk Franklin; actor Mario Lopez; reggae star Ziggy Marley; and Miss America 2022 Emma Broyles.

Singers Joss Stone, Jordin Sparks and Betty Who can even be a part of the festivities, as will the celebrities of Peacock’s “Pitch Excellent: Bumper in Berlin” — Adam Devine, Sarah Hyland and Flula Borg. Jimmy Fallon & The Roots shall be on a float celebrating Central Park.

President Biden and Jill Biden known as into the parade, as he did final yr. Biden thanked firefighters, law enforcement officials and first responders, saying, “They by no means take a break.”

They thanked the troops and Biden mentioned he could be reaching out to talk to some in the present day.

Requested about their plans for the day in Nantucket, the Bidens mentioned it might contain household, and a while spent regionally, thanking first responders.

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