In Pictures: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade draws huge crowds

Close to three million people lined the streets of Manhattan in New York to catch the 89th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov 26. Floating balloons of popular characters like Spongebob SquarePants, Paddington Bear, Hello Kitty and Snoopy were on display at this year's parade. The balloon attractions are believed to have been introduced to this annual Thanksgiving Day tradition in 1927, a few years after the parade started.