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Photos: See this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons

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Throngs of spectators lined the streets of New York on Thursday as high-flying, colorful balloons help usher in the holiday season at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

This year’s parade, by the numbers: 16 giant balloons, 28 allegorical floats, 40 novelty and heritage inflatables, 12 marching bands, 10 entertainment groups, 700 clowns and a Santa Claus.

International cartoon sensation Bluey the Aussie puppy will make her parade debut, with a balloon in her likeness as tall as a four-story building and as wide as seven cabs.

Also making their debuts are Greg Heffley from the best-selling book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Sinclair Oil’s all-new Baby DINO, and Stuart the Minion from the popular film franchise.

There are several new floats for 2022. One features Toys ‘R’ Us, another is Pinkfong Baby Shark and Wonder Bread’s Wondership.

The history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade dates back to 1924. The first parade marched from 145th St. at Macy’s to 34th St. and included elephants, camels and donkeys. Balloons that were part of the parade also started in the 1920s.

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The procession of characters will be joined by the singer Paula Abdul, in her first appearance in the parade; indie pop group Fitz and the Tantrums; boy band Big Time Rush; “Blue’s Clues & You!” host Josh Dela Cruz; singer Gloria Estefan; gospel singer Kirk Franklin; actor Mario Lopez; reggae star Ziggy Marley; and Miss America 2022 Emma Broyles.

Singers Joss Stone, Jordin Sparks and Betty Who will also be part of the festivities, as will the stars of Peacock’s “Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin” — Adam Devine, Sarah Hyland and Flula Borg. Jimmy Fallon & The Roots will be on a float celebrating Central Park.

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This developing story will be updated. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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