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Crowds once again lined the streets of New York City to watch the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as it returned to its full glory, and there was one obvious star of the show: Baby Yoda.

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At one point, all eyes were on the float of a later model of beloved “Mandalorian” character Baby Yoda — or Grogu — as he passed by. This was Float’s first appearance.

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The reaction quickly flooded social media.

One user posted, “I’m so thankful for that Baby Yoda float.”

At one point NBC’s “Today” weatherman and parade co-host Al Roker could be heard shouting, “Baby Yoda! I love you!”

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The parade, which began at 9 a.m., had 2.5 miles of public viewing through the streets of New York. With thousands of marchers, hundreds of clowns, dozens of balloons and floats – and, of course, Santa Claus – marking the latest US holiday event to return as vaccines, familiarity and sheer dismay have left officials and some of the public at large. made more comfortable. Meeting amid the ongoing pandemic.

“It really made Thanksgiving feel very festive and full of life,” said 23-year-old interior design firm assistant Sierra Guardiola after seeing the spectacle in the turkey-shaped hat.

Entertainers and celebrities included Carrie Underwood, John Batiste, Nelly, Kelly Rowland, Miss America Camille Schrier, Band Foreigner and many more. Several Broadway musical artists and the Radio City Rockets also performed.

Nevertheless, security measures continued. Parade staff and volunteers were to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear masks, although some singers and performers were allowed to leave them. No vaccinations were required for spectators, but Macy’s and the city encouraged them to cover their faces.

Last Thanksgiving, with no vaccines available and the virus beginning winter in the country’s largest city, parades were limited to one block and sometimes pre-taped. Most of the cast was locally based to cut travel, and giant balloons were tied to vehicles rather than handled by volunteers. Spectators were not allowed.

This story was reported from Los Angeles.