Macy's Parade Cheers NYC After Storm
Elf on a Shelf, Papa Smurf join Thanksgiving lineup
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2012 12:34 PM CST
The Charlie Brown balloon passes people on balconies on New York's Central Park West during the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,Thursday, Nov 22, 2012.   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

(Newser) – The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off in New York today, putting a festive mood in the air in a city still coping with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The young, and the young at heart, were delighted by the sight and sound of marching bands, performers and, of course, the giant balloons. The weather was a sunny 47 degrees Fahrenheit. Some parade-goers had camped out to get a good spot, staying snug in sleeping bags. Others came well-prepared with folding chairs.

This year, the giant balloons were to welcome Elf on a Shelf and Papa Smurf. A new version of Hello Kitty was to be included while Buzz Lightyear, Sailor Mickey Mouse, and the Pillsbury Doughboy remained in the lineup. Real life stars were to include Carly Rae Jepsen and Rachel Crow of "The X Factor." The holiday came as portions of the Northeast still were reeling from Sandy's havoc, and volunteers planned to serve thousands of turkey dinners to people it left homeless or struggling. (Click to see why some think the giant parade balloons have to go.)

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Nov 22, 2012 1:09 PM CST
I kinda thought the 50 Shades float was inappropriate though.
Nov 22, 2012 1:04 PM CST
I see these ministers of propaganda were told not to mention it's been fifty years since our CiIA and the military industrial complex murdered JFK. George H.W. Bush was there and was one of them in charge of murdering JFK. There is a documentary the [ dark legacy ] a must watch about the murder. When E. Howard Hunt was on his death bed he confessed to the murder. We now have a J. Edgar hoover file that says George H. W. Bush was the one in charge of the murder. We know Lee Harvey Oswald was a CIA asset, and that Jack Rubey had worked for Richard Nixon. Newser is a worthless rag with print.
Nov 22, 2012 12:48 PM CST
I still don't understand why they can't just pump it back out when they are done and save it.