For 80 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has kicked off the holiday season with glorious bands, balloons and floats. It’s theatre of operations is New York City and the parade is watched by an estimated 3.5 million people in the streets and 50 million on NBC.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

01. The Spiderman balloon is seen during preparations for the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

02. A member of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation team gives the thumbs up during preparations for the 84th annual parade in New York, November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

03. Members of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation team work on the Buzz Lightyear balloon during preparations for the 84th annual parade in New York, November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

04. Members of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation team work on the Buzz Lightyear balloon during preparations for the 84th annual parade in New York November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

05. The Ronald McDonald balloon floats through Columbus Circle during the 84th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

06. Balloons pass through Times Square during the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

07. The Kermit the Frog Balloon passes through Times Square during the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

08. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Balloon passes through Times Square during the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

09. Cheerleaders pass through Times Square during the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

10. The Buzz Lightyear balloon passes through Times Square during the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

11. The Spongebob Squarepants Balloon passes through Times Square during the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

12. People gather in Times Square to watch the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

13. The Spiderman balloon passes through Times Square during the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

14. The Kool-Aid Man balloon passes through Times Square during the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

15. The Kung Fu Panda balloon passes through Times Square during the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

16. Balloons make their way down 7th Avenue during the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

17. The Smurf balloon floats through Times Square during the 84th Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

18. Singer Kanye West dances while riding a float during the 84th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

19. Singer Jessica Simpson waves to fans during the 84th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

20. A dancer jumps in the air during the 84th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

21. A child watches a balloon pass through Times Square during the 84th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

22. The Smurf balloon floats through Times Square during the 84th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

23. The Kermit the Frog balloon floats through Columbus Circle during the 84th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

24. Spectators watch from a building as a balloon floats past during the 84th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010

25. A New York City taxicab drives through the parade route during the 84th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Nov 26, 2010