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Balloons, Spirits Soar At NYC Thanksgiving Parade

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Santa made an appearance at the end of the Macy's parade. Santa made an appearance at the end of the Macy's parade.
Balloons were allowed to fly in the Macy's parade.  Winds in the area were a concern. Balloons were allowed to fly in the Macy's parade. Winds in the area were a concern.
NEW YORK, N.Y. -

The big balloons are soaring - and so are the crowd's spirits - as the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade makes its way through the streets of New York City. 

There'd been some concerns about whether the wind could keep 16 giant balloons grounded on Thursday. But the parade went off without a hitch.

Balloon handlers were keeping a tight grip on their inflated characters. The wind was around 26 mph.

The cheering throngs were bundled against a 30-degree chill, but the sun was shining.

People lifted small children onto their shoulders.

Two local groups were in the parade.  Western Carolina University's Pride of the Mountains Marching Band and Spartanburg's Miss Marion's School of Dance were represented. 

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