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Nov242011

Nearly 3.5 Million People Attend Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The "Spider-Man" float at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan (ABC News Radio)(NEW YORK) -- An estimated 3.5 million people came together to experience the 85th edition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan Thursday.

Macy's predicted another 50 million people tuned in at home to witness the parade featuring 40 balloon creations, 27 floats, and entertainers such as Mary J. Blige, Avril Lavigne, and Neil Diamond. Spectators were treated to pleasant weather and music during the parade, with performances on floats in addition to the stage at the end of the parade route at Herald Square. A marching band from Carmel High School in Carmel Indiana also performed during the parade, which began at 77th Street and worked its way along Central Park and Seventh and Sixth Avenues.

Among the highlights at the parade was New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's favorite float, Snoopy. Dressed up with an aviator hat, goggles, a red scarf, and holding binoculars, Snoopy made his record-breaking 36th appearance in the parade.

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