Before the turkey and sweet potatoes hit the table, many Americans have begun their Thanksgiving with a parade. And it's been that way for nearly a century. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade started out as a small get-together, but this year, 8,000 people will march, more than 3 million will watch from the street and another 50 million will tune in from home. The parade's iconic helium balloons were introduced in 1927, and every year spectators turn out to see their favorite characters in jumbo size.
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