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The always-happy SpongeBob SquarePants apparently is sad about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade moving away from Times Square next year.

He, along with Snoopy, Spider-Man and other costumed characters, gathered in Times Square yesterday to protest moving the famous march from Seventh to Sixth Avenue.

“We’re trying to make a common-sense point,” said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, which organized the protest. “Even if you are a cartoon character, it’s a no-brainer that the Macy’s parade should stay in Times Square and not be on a dull and lifeless Sixth Avenue.”

Tompkins said the change would hurt the 370 businesses along the Times Square path.

Ongoing pedestrian-plaza renovations led to the parade shift, but a spokesman for the mayor said yesterday that the new route is planned only for 2012 and 2013 so far.

“Sixth Avenue is Macy’s preference,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday. “Macy’s is paying for the parade, so listening to them is something we want to do, [but] we’re trying to accommodate everyone.”

A Macy’s parade spokesman said Sixth Avenue is more suitable because it is wider than the narrow, cramped corridor of Seventh Avenue.

“Macy’s officials feel that Sixth Avenue is quite simply the safest route,” said spokesman Orlando Veras.

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