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Highlights From The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (PHOTOS)

The annual New York City parade celebrated its 89th year.

Nothing says Thanksgiving like a giant inflatable Snoopy.

The 89th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade brought its familiar cast of characters to New York City on Thursday: larger-than-life balloons, celebrity musical acts, Christmas-clad dance squads and, of course, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 

Also making an appearance this year were New York City cops -- lots of them. In light of heightened terror alerts following the Paris attacks, the city beefed up security and stationed a record 2,500 officers along the parade route, NBC reported. 

Relive the parade's magic -- or see what you missed -- by scoping out the highlights below. 

Hello Kitty floats down 6th Avenue.
Hello Kitty floats down 6th Avenue.
A Thanksgiving turkey float flanked by pilgrims makes its way down 6th Avenue.
A Thanksgiving turkey float flanked by pilgrims makes its way down 6th Avenue.
The band Train performs on a Thanksgiving-themed float. 
The band Train performs on a Thanksgiving-themed float. 
Balloon-toting clowns skate alongside Central Park West. 
Balloon-toting clowns skate alongside Central Park West. 
Singer Jordin Sparks waves from the GoldieBlox float she performed on. 
Singer Jordin Sparks waves from the GoldieBlox float she performed on. 
Snoopy and Woodstock make a familiar appearance. 
Snoopy and Woodstock make a familiar appearance. 
SpongeBob SquarePants ditched his pineapple under the sea to entertain New Yorkers on 6th Avenue. 
SpongeBob SquarePants ditched his pineapple under the sea to entertain New Yorkers on 6th Avenue. 
Dancers move down Central Park West.
Dancers move down Central Park West.
An armed police officer stands guard at the start of the parade. Officials boosted security at the parade and had a record 2,
An armed police officer stands guard at the start of the parade. Officials boosted security at the parade and had a record 2,500 officers working the parade. 
Mariah Carey waves from her stacked float. The singer performed her holiday classic, "All I Want For Christmas Is You." 
Mariah Carey waves from her stacked float. The singer performed her holiday classic, "All I Want For Christmas Is You." 
The larger-than-life Ronald McDonald balloon floats down 6th Avenue.
The larger-than-life Ronald McDonald balloon floats down 6th Avenue.
Rock band Panic! At the Disco performs on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed float.
Rock band Panic! At the Disco performs on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed float.
Pikachu makes its way through the parade with a little buddy in tow. 
Pikachu makes its way through the parade with a little buddy in tow. 
Plain White T's members wave from their float. 
Plain White T's members wave from their float. 
Drummer Questlove jams out on his float with Cookie Monster. 
Drummer Questlove jams out on his float with Cookie Monster. 
No Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is complete without Santa. 
No Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is complete without Santa. 
Candy cane-striped dancers line up for the parade. 
Candy cane-striped dancers line up for the parade. 
A rollerblader skates down the parade course ahead of a police motorcade. 
A rollerblader skates down the parade course ahead of a police motorcade. 
The NYPD marching band performs.
The NYPD marching band performs.
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