Balloons, spirits soar at NYC Thanksgiving parade

The Spiderman balloon makes its down Central Park West during the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York November 28, 2013. There was fear that the iconic balloos could have been grounded if windy conditions had picked up this morning. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARYTIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

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NEW YORK - (AP) - The big balloons are soaring - and so are the crowd's spirits - as the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade makes its way through the streets of New York City.

There'd been some concerns about whether the wind could keep 16 giant balloons grounded on Thursday. But the parade went off without a hitch.

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Balloon handlers were keeping a tight grip on their inflated characters. The wind was around 26 mph.

The cheering throngs were bundled against a 30-degree chill, but the sun was shining.

People lifted small children onto their shoulders.

An excited 9-year-old Lily Thomolaris of Pittsburgh was excited to "see all the balloons." But she especially thought a big turkey was really cool.

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