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Santa's appearance signals the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- until next year. He's been the grand finale since the parade's debut in 1924. (Nov. 24, 2011)

Photos: 2011 Macy's Parade

Floats and fans line the route of the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 24, 2011.

Santa's appearance signals the end of the Macy's
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Santa's appearance signals the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- until next year. He's been the grand finale since the parade's debut in 1924. (Nov. 24, 2011)

Tom the Turkey kicks off the 85th Macy's
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Tom the Turkey kicks off the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. He's been a veteran float in the parade since 1971. (Nov. 24, 2011)

The Hello Kitty balloon, which debuted in 2007,
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The Hello Kitty balloon, which debuted in 2007, floats across Times Square at the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 24, 2011)

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Cheerleaders march through Times Square at the 85th
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Cheerleaders march through Times Square at the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 24, 2011)

The Kermit the Frog balloon makes its way
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The Kermit the Frog balloon makes its way down Seventh Avenue at the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This Muppet first appeared as a balloon at the 1977 parade. (Nov. 24, 2011)

The Pillsbury Doughboy balloon, which debuted in 2009,
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The Pillsbury Doughboy balloon, which debuted in 2009, floats through Times Square at the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 24, 2011)

A Smurf balloon makes its way through Times
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A Smurf balloon makes its way through Times Square at the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Smurfs made a big splash in their parade debut in 2008. (Nov. 24, 2011)

The Pikachu balloon floats down Times Square at
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The Pikachu balloon floats down Times Square at the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This Pokemon first appeared in the 2001 parade. (Nov. 24, 2011)

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A person in a turkey costume marches trough
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A person in a turkey costume marches trough Times Square in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 24, 2011)

Perennial favorite
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Perennial favorite "Snoopy" float at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade premiered in 1924 and this is its 85th year.(Nov. 24, 2011)

SpongeBob SquarePants during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day
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SpongeBob SquarePants during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 24, 2011)

The
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The "Spiderman" balloon during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Times Square. (Nov. 24, 2011)

Former mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani watches
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Former mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani watches the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Times Square in New York on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. The parade premiered in 1924, this is its 85th year. (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)

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The Spiderman balloon as it makes its way
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The Spiderman balloon as it makes its way down Seventh through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York November 24, 2011.

Julius, a jetpack-wearing monkey made by Paul Frank
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Julius, a jetpack-wearing monkey made by Paul Frank is seen during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Times Square in Manhattan. (Nov. 24, 2011)

The Pillsbury Doughboy balloon, which debuted in 2009,
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The Pillsbury Doughboy balloon, which debuted in 2009, floats through Times Square at the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 24, 2011)

Santa Claus waves at spectators during the Macy's
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Santa Claus waves at spectators during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan. (Nov. 24, 2011)

A Spider-Man balloon makes its way down Seventh
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A Spider-Man balloon makes its way down Seventh Avenue through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 24, 2011)

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A man in a Spider-Man costume high-fives spectators
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A man in a Spider-Man costume high-fives spectators along 42nd Street in Times Square in Manhattan during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 24, 2011)

The Spider-Man balloon makes its way through Times
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The Spider-Man balloon makes its way through Times Square in Manhattan during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which started in 1924 (it was not heldfrom 1942 to 1944 during World War II), is the second-oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the United States.

Singer Avril Lavigne on a float during the
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Singer Avril Lavigne on a float during the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 24, 2011.

Singer Neil Diamond performs on the Mount Rushmore
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Singer Neil Diamond performs on the Mount Rushmore float during the Macy's 85th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan. (Nov. 24, 2011)

Spectators wave and take pictures of Santa Claus
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Spectators wave and take pictures of Santa Claus at Macy's 85 annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan. (Nov. 24, 2011)

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The Kool-Aid Man and SpongeBob SquarePants drift toward
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The Kool-Aid Man and SpongeBob SquarePants drift toward Herald Square during Macy's 85th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 24, 2011)

SpongeBob SquarePants floats over Times Square during Macy's
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SpongeBob SquarePants floats over Times Square during Macy's 85th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan. (Nov. 24, 2011)

Cartoonist Paul Frank's jetpack-wearing monkey Julius sails over
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Cartoonist Paul Frank's jetpack-wearing monkey Julius sails over the crowd in Times Square during Macy's 85th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. The 41-foot-tall balloon made its debut in this year's fest in Manhattan. (Nov. 24, 2011)

Filmmaker Tim Burton's B floats along 59th Street
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Filmmaker Tim Burton's B floats along 59th Street during Macy's 85th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. The balloon made its debut in this year's fest in Manhattan. (Nov. 24, 2011)

Filmmaker Tim Burton's B floats along 59th Street
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Filmmaker Tim Burton's B floats along 59th Street during Macy's 85th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. The balloon made its debut in this year's fest in Manhattan. (Nov. 24, 2011)

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Sonic the Hedgehog gets kind of close to
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Sonic the Hedgehog gets kind of close to spectators standing on a balcony during Macy's 85th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan. (Nov. 24, 2011)

Cartoonist Paul Frank's sock-puppet-inspired monkey Julius is seen
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Cartoonist Paul Frank's sock-puppet-inspired monkey Julius is seen at Macy's 85th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. The 41-foot-tall balloon made its debut in this year's fest in Manhattan. (Nov. 24, 2011)

A drum line marches along Central Park West
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A drum line marches along Central Park West during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Spectators watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from
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Spectators watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from behind police barricades, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, in New York. A jetpack-wearing monkey and a freakish creation from filmmaker Tim Burton are two of the big new balloons that will make their inaugural appearances in front of millions of people at this year's parade. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Hawaii All State Marching Band passes through
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The Hawaii All State Marching Band passes through Columbus Circle as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade heads downtown, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, in New York. A jetpack-wearing monkey and a freakish creation from filmmaker Tim Burton are two of the big new balloons that will make their inaugural appearances in front of millions of people at this year's parade. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Cheerleaders from the Homewood High School Patriot Band,
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Cheerleaders from the Homewood High School Patriot Band, in Alabama, march and cheer during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

People watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in
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People watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Time Square in New York on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. The parade premiered in 1924, this is its 85th year.

The 'Harold the Fireman' float is seen during
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The 'Harold the Fireman' float is seen during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Time Square in New York on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. The parade premiered in 1924, this is its 85th year. (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)

A marching band marches through Time Square during
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A marching band marches through Time Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. The parade premiered in 1924, this is its 85th year.

The 'Sonic The Hedgehog', float is seen during
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The 'Sonic The Hedgehog', float is seen during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Time Square in New York on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. The parade premiered in 1924, this is its 85th year. (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)

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The Kermit the Frog balloon seems to reach
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The Kermit the Frog balloon seems to reach out towards balloon handlers during preparations Wednesday evening along Central Park West for the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 23, 2011)

The giant Sailor Mickey balloon ihovers low to
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The giant Sailor Mickey balloon ihovers low to the ground Wednesday evening along Central Park West as technicians and handlers prepare it for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 23, 2011)

Sandbags anchor the Kung Fu Panda float during
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Sandbags anchor the Kung Fu Panda float during preparation Wednesday evening on Central Park West for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 23, 2011)

Noel Mann, 8, has a great perch
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Noel Mann, 8, has a great perch Wednesday evening to watch volunteers inflate floats along Central Park West for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 23, 2011)

Madeline Adams, 3, watches volunteers inflate the Sailor
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Madeline Adams, 3, watches volunteers inflate the Sailor Mickey Mouse float Wednesday evening in preparation for the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 23, 2011)

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A technician works on the undercarriage of the
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A technician works on the undercarriage of the Kool-Aid Man balloon it is prepare Wednesday evening along Central Park West for the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 23, 2011)

Sandbags and netting hold down the Sailor Mickey
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Sandbags and netting hold down the Sailor Mickey Mouse float Wednesday before the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 23, 2011)

A volunteer's legs stick out from under the
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A volunteer's legs stick out from under the Energerizer Bunny float during preparation in Central Park West for the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan. (Nov. 23, 2011)

A little girl who says she is 5
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A little girl who says she is 5 years old peeks over a barricade Wednesday evening in Central Park West to watch volunteers inflate a balloon for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 23, 2011)

Noel Mann, 8, has a great perch
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Noel Mann, 8, has a great perch Wednesday evening to watch volunteers inflate floats along Central Park West for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 23, 2011)

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Sandbags anchor the Kung Fu Panda float during
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Sandbags anchor the Kung Fu Panda float during preparation Wednesday evening on Central Park West for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Nov. 23, 2011)

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