Millions attend Macy's Thanksgiving parade

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Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade began its trip through New York City on Thursday morning, with marching bands, floats, and, of course, giant balloon figures. The parade was scheduled to start in Central Park and run down Sixth Avenue, one block from Fifth Avenue where Trump Tower is located, and end near the Macy's department store on 34th Street.

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A Charlie Brown giant balloon makes its way down 6th Avenue during the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York, November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Saul Martinez
The Red Ranger balloon flies over Central Park West avenue during the 90th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2016 in New York. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
People in Customs take part during the 90th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2016 in New York. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Participants walk along Central Park West at the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
A member of the New York Police Department's Emergency Service Unit patrols before the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York, U.S. November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A Hello Kitty float makes its way down 6th Avenue during the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Saul Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Participants stand by just before the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
A dancer with the Chengdu (China) Panda float is assisted by a fellow dancer before the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
An Angry Bird float makes its way down 6th Avenue during the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Saul Martinez
Ronald MacDonald takes part during the 90th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2016 in New York. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Spirit of America Dance Stars make their way down 6th Avenue during the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Saul Martinez
Participants line up on Central Park West before the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
A Power Ranger float makes its way down 6th Avenue during the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York,U.S. November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Saul Martinez
Sinclair Oil's Dino balloon sits in the inflation area ahead of the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 23, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
An Angry Bird float makes its way down 6th Avenue during the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Saul Martinez
Scrat from "Ice Age" floats above 6th Avenue during the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Saul Martinez
Performers take part during the 90th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2016 in New York. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Security was tight through the route. New York police said they would have sand-filled trucks, radiation detectors, bomb-sniffing dogs and heavily armed officers out to protect the crowd and the parade, which Islamic State has encouraged its followers to attack.

Officials were expecting 3.5 million people to converge on the 2.5-mile parade route in Manhattan for the annual, nationally televised ritual that initiates the holiday shopping season with giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.

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