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Macy's Parade Takes New Route

POSTED: Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 8:41am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:59pm

The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is an American tradition. Each year, thousands line the route to get an up close view of giant balloons, floats, and performers.

Following last minute rehearsals and more than a year of planning, all are ready for the march down to 34th street. "One of the most famous streets in the world, because that's where miracles happen," said VP and creative director John Piper.

For the first time in the parade's history, the route diverts from Broadway, which was made into a pedestrian-only zone earlier this year.

Instead, the parade route zigzags down 7th and 6th Avenues before ending in Macy's Herald Square. On the eve of the parade, New Yorkers gathered to get a sneak peek of the parade's cast of characters, slowly coming to life during the balloon inflation.

This year, there are four new giant balloons, including Spider-Man and Ronald McDonald. There are also 35 novelty balloons and ballonicles, and 24 floats.

NBC's Jimmy Fallon joins the parade. "Oh my god, I’m so excited! I think NBC is giving me a little treat, and they let me and the "roots" get our own float,” said Fallon. Santa is excited, too. For the first time in more than 40 years, Santa will usher in the season on a new float.