Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

Last Thursday saw the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade work its way through the streets of New York.

Every year the parade features dozens of balloons many of them being cartoon characters, this year being no exception. Animation stars featured in the 2011 parade included Sonic The Hedgehog, Kung Fu Panda, Buzz Lightyear, Snoopy, Scooby Doo, Pikachu, Kermit The Frog and a new balloon in the 'Blue Sky Gallery' series by Tim Burton.

Felix The Cat was the first ever balloon featured in the Macy's parade back in 1927. He was only an eighth of the size of today's modern balloons and filled with hot air instead if helium, but he helped pave the way for the numerous animation inspired balloons that followed.

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