One thing I will remember growing up is the TV on in the background with the parade on while wonderful smells began to waft through the house in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner.  This year is the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving parade, and they just put out a press release outlining the new additions to this year's lineup.

On top of the normal balloon favorites like:

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Buzz Light Year

Diary of A Wimpy Kid®

The Elf on the Shelf®

Hello Kitty®

Papa Smurf


Pillsbury Doughboy®

Ronald McDonald®

Sonic the Hedgehog™





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There will also be additions like a 47 foot giant hot air balloon celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of OZ™.  There will also be characters from the classic film like Dorothy™, Scarecrow™, Tin Man™, Cowardly Lion™, and The Wicked Witch of the West™.

Also, Thanksgiving this year falls on the first night of Hanukkah.  In celebration there will be a special spinning balloonicle dreidal.  This is the first time in the parade's history.







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Stars set to appear for this year's Thanksgiving Parade include:

Gavin DeGraw

Brett Eldredge

Fall Out Boy

Jimmy Fallon and The Roots w/ the cast of “Sesame Street

Fifth Harmony

Florida Georgia Line

Goo Goo Dolls

Ariana Grande

Jack Hannah

Megan Hilty

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings

Sandra Lee

Cher Lloyd

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Austin Mahone

Mannheim Steamroller

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri

NFL legends Joe Namath

Bart Oates

Amani Toomer

Hines Ward

NHL legends Cam Neely

Mike Richter

Kellie Pickler

From A&E®’s series “Duck Dynasty®; Debby Ryan; Richard Simmons

The Summer Set



I have missed the last couple year's parades, but definitely plan on catching this years.  Someday (if) I have my own family, I plan on making this one of our traditions, to sit down and watch the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.