2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade

NEW YORK (AP) - A high-kicking Kung Fu Panda and a diary-toting Wimpy Kid joined the giant balloon lineup as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade unfolded Thursday, drawing tens of thousands of spectators to the annual extravaganza on a chilly, overcast morning. Emily Rowlinson, a tourist from London, squealed and snapped pictures with her cell phone as the massive Smurf balloon floated by a packed sidewalk along the route. "We don't have anything like this in England," she exclaimed. "We have parades. We don't have any sort of huge, floating beasts. It's very cool." As millions more watched the live broadcast on television, revelers gathered nationwide for other parades in cities such as Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia. The parades headline observances across the nation that also feature football and family dinners with too much food on the table. [34 Shots]

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Handlers operate a float through Columbus Circle during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Chris Hondros

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
A Mickey Mouse float moves down the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade route November 25, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Chris Hondros

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Children watch a float go by from an apartment on Central Park South during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Chris Hondros

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Children watch a Snoopy float from an apartment on Central Park South during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Chris Hondros

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Buzz Lightyear balloon floats through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. AP / Jeff Christensen

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Purdue university marching band performs on Central Park South near the beginning of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Chris Hondros

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Purdue university marching band performs on Central Park South near the beginning of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Chris Hondros

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Cheerleaders wave in formation on Central Park South near the beginning of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Chris Hondros

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Cheerleaders snake their way in formation through Columbus Circle onto Central Park South near the beginning of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Chris Hondros

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Members of Banda Musical Latina Pedro Molina of Guatemala performs during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. AP / Craig Ruttle

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Spider-Man balloon floats through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. AP / Jeff Christensen

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Smurf balloon floats through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. AP / Jeff Christensen

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Members of the New York Police Department stand by as the Shrek balloon makes it's way across 42nd Street during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010 in New York. AP / Tina Fineberg

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Po, the Kung Fu Panda balloon makes his way through the streets during the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images for Nickelodeon / Michael Loccisano

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Kermit the Frog and Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloons float in the air before the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. AP / Craig Ruttle

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Children call out to actress and singer Miranda Cosgrove as she rides by on a float during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. AP / Craig Ruttle

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
People watch as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade glides by November 25, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Chris Hondros

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
People watch as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade glides by November 25, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Chris Hondros

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
A performer shakes hands with children during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade November 25, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Chris Hondros

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
New York City police officer Wally Melvin holds his 5-year-old daughter Carlee as they watch Santa Claus pass by during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. AP / Craig Ruttle

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Anthony D'Attoma, 14, of Deer Park, N.Y. wears a turkey hat during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. AP / Craig Ruttle

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Santa Claus waves at the crowd during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. AP / Craig Ruttle

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Participants walk to their places before the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. AP / Craig Ruttle

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Members of the Purdue University All American Marching Band do a cheer before the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. AP / Craig Ruttle

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade staff inflate balloons November 24, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Mario Tama

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Parade floats line up along Central Park West in New York before the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. AP / Craig Ruttle

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Kermit the Frog balloon lies with other balloons on view for the public Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, as they are readied for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. AP / Tina Fineberg

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Lucy Radtke, 3, sits on the shoulders of her dad, Jeremy Radtke, second from right, as they and others make their way through a public viewing area filled with balloons being readied Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. AP / Tina Fineberg

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Virginia balloon lies face down inflated as it, and other balloons, are viewed by the public Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, as they are readied for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. AP / Tina Fineberg

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Spiderman balloon lies on the ground inflated, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, as it, and other balloons, are readied for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. AP / Tina Fineberg

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade staff inflate balloons November 24, 2010 in New York City. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade featured 15 giant character balloons and 43 novelty balloons. Getty Images / Mario Tama

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade staff inflate balloons November 24, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Mario Tama

2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade
Caroline Madigan, 10, center, reacts as she and her 8-year-old twin sisters Brynn Madigan, left, and Riley Madigan, walk with others through a public viewing area filled with balloons being readied Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. AP / Tina Fineberg

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