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Traditions from around the country.

City centers the country over are chock-ful of balloons, clowns, and runners this morning. In New York City, revelers wrapped themselves in sleeping bags and set up folding chairs to catch a glimpse of (inflated) Hello Kitty, Buzz Lightyear, and (live) Carly Jepsen. According to the Associated Press, 3 million people will attend the parade, and more than 50 million will watch on TV.

Other cities have their own traditions. According to the AP:

Other cities planned to have showy marching bands, cartoon character balloons and musical extravaganzas, as well. Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit were among the big cities hosting parades.

Among the scheduled highlights were a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey spectacular in Chicago; Phillies star Ryan Howard and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler in Philadelphia; and a group of 2012 U.S. Olympic champions in Detroit.

Below, photos of New York's  parade:

A clown practices his moves as the sun rises over the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
A clown on stilts walks down Central Park West during the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Gary Hershorn)



Crowds gather as the sun rises over the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
Clowns gather as the sun rises over the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)


The Spiderman balloon floats down Central Park West during the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters)


 

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