Crowds celebrate at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

(AP) - Oohing and ahhing spectators of all ages lined the route of the nationally televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which counted Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger among its six new giant balloons.



It was around 37 degrees with a hint of drizzle and light winds as clowns shot a burst of confetti from canisters to get the show rolling.



"This is great. It's nice to feel so festive for the holidays," said paradegoer Daryl Winchester, 17, of Queens, as she took pictures, waved and shouted encouragement to parade participants.



Steve Smith, a clown of 12 years performing in the parade, said he loves to make children happy.



"The kids, they are the ones who make the parade," he said.



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