The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been part of the New York City Thanksgiving diet for at least 85 years. You take it away, you might as well replace the turkey with chicken wings.

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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

People walk by a Sonic The Hedgehog balloon as members of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade team work on the balloons as part of preparations for the 85th annual parade in New York November 23, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

Members of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade team work on the Energizer Bunny balloon during preparations for the 85th annual parade in New York November 23, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

People walk by the Kermit the Frog balloon during preparations for the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York November 23, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

A boy watches as members of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade team work on balloons during preparations for the 85th annual parade in New York November 23, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Sonic the Hedgehog balloon floats down Central Park West during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Buzz Lightyear balloon floats down Central Park West during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Snoopy the Flying Ace balloon floats down Central Park West during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon floats down Central Park West during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Sonic the Hedgehog balloon floats around Columbus Circle during the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Julius the Monkey balloon floats through Times Square during the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Buzz Lightyear balloon makes its way through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Hawaii All-State Marching Band make its way through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

People watch as floats make their way through Times Square during the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

Participants make their way through Columbus Circle during the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Kermit the Frog balloon floats down Central Park West during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

People look out from a balcony as the Santa Claus balloon floats down Central Park West during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Buzz Lightyear balloon floats around Columbus Circle during the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Spongebob Squarepants balloon floats through Times Square during the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon floats around Columbus Circle during the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Julius the Monkey balloon floats through Times Square during the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

A Spiderman performer runs underneath the Spiderman balloon as it floats down Central Park West during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Smurf balloon floats down 6th Avenue during the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

A performer is dressed as a snowflake as she walks down Central Park West during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Super Cute Hello Kitty balloon floats down Central Park West during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Mobile Azalea Trail Maids perform on Central Park West during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

A marching band performs on Central Park West during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Kermit the Frog balloon floats through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The SpongeBob SquarePants' balloon floats through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

Balloons float down Seventh Avenue through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Mickey Mouse balloon floats through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Smurfs balloon floats through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Buzz Lightyear balloon floats through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

A marching band makes their way through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Kung Fu Panda balloon floats through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Nov 25, 2011