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doesn’t say anything thanksgiving tradition Like a parade of giant balloons at Macy’s.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City has become a staple of the holiday, with families across the country ready to watch each year. While new balloons and attractions are continually added to the parade, or retired from the parade, some characters have become familiar mainstays.


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The most iconic part of the parade is arguably its finale. Since the beginning of the parade in 1924, Santa Claus has generally called off the festivities. Even though the parade ends long before the turkey dinner is served, St. Nicholas appears to officially ring in the Christmas season.

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Other iconic balloons are Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Interestingly, characters from the Peanuts comics are regularly displayed in parades, but balloons and attractions are regularly set off. According to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Fantasy WikiCharlie Brown first appeared as part of a live performance at the 1967 parade. Since then, he and Snoopy have appeared regularly and even led the parade.

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of course say nothing Thank you Like Spider-Man. The Marvel Comics hero has been a part of the parade since 1987. While the character is known to swing from building to building, the balloon depicts him crawling.

The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon floats in Central Park at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

It may come as a surprise that Sponge Bob SquarePants has been a part of the parade for nearly two decades. The popular children’s show character first debuted in 2004’s Parade.

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Even more surprising, the Energizer Bunny, a popular battery mascot of the ’90s, didn’t make its parade debut until 2006.

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While Santa Claus closes the parade, he is not the only Christmas icon to be a part of the parade. In recent years, “The Elf on the Shelf” has joined the holiday show.