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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade — originally known as the Macy's Christmas Parade — was first held in 1924, and although it was planned as a one-time event, its popularity inspired Macy's to begin what has grown into an 88-year Thanksgiving tradition.

This year's parade will run from 9 a.m. through noon on Thursday, Nov. 27, and will feature numerous bands — including the American Fork High School Marching Band — performers, balloons and floats.

Here's a photographic look at the parade's history, with highlights including creepy floats, Donny Osmond riding a turkey, balloon calamities and a trip back to the magical years of childhood.

1929
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A large outdoor float of Captain Nemo makes its way down the street during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City on Nov. 28, 1929. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition that first began in 1924.

1930
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Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade passes down Broadway in New York, Nov. 27, 1930. Many comical and grotesque designs and floats were seen in this parade.

1933
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Floats move down the streets during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Broadway in New York City on Nov. 30, 1933. A Felix the Cat balloon — the earliest character to appear in balloon form in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1927 — can be seen near the bottom of the picture.

1933
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The "Andy the Alligator" balloon floats down Broadway in New York City as part of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 30, 1933.

1933
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Floats move past the crowds during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Broadway in New York City on Nov. 30, 1933.

1933
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A giant balloon figure floats over the crowded streets of New York City in this scene from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade along Broadway on Nov. 30, 1933. Prior to the 1933 parade, balloons were released at the end of the event, and prizes were awarded for their return.

1940
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A helium-filled Superman rises over the Times Square crowd as he leads the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1940.

1945
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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was suspended after the U.S. entered World War II in 1941, and 650 pounds of scrap rubber from parade balloons was donated to the war effort. With the end of the war, the parade returned on Nov. 23, 1945. In this 1945 photo, the giant floating Teddy Bear balloon passes a reproduction of the Statue of Liberty.

1948
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Harold the Fireman first appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1948. Prior to this, he appeared as a clown in 1945, a baseball player in 1946 — when you can see him make his film debut in "Miracle on 34th Street" — and as a policeman in 1947. Harold the Fireman is still in use today.

1957
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A giant turkey balloon squeezes between buildings as the 31st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade moves down Broadway near 37th Street in New York, Nov. 28, 1957.

1958
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Some of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes perform in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York on Nov. 27, 1958.

1959
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A helium-filled Popeye balloon figure floats above some of the 1,300,000 persons watching the 33rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade pass through Times Square, New York, November 26, 1959.

According to the Macy's website, Popeye made a splash in the 1957 parade when his hat filled with water during a downpour and then emptied itself out on the spectators below.

1962
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Comedian Jimmy Durante rides on a Jumbo the elephant float during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Nov. 22, 1962. The film "Billy Rose's Jumbo" premiered in 1962 and starred Durante, Doris Day and others.

1981
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Entertainer Donny Osmond stands atop a turkey float as a balloon depicting "Linus the Lion Hearted" and a float portraying a pilgrim woman move down Broadway in New York City during the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, Nov. 26, 1981.

1983
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Miss America Vanessa Williams joined two members of the 1983 McDonald's All-American High School Band in New York, Nov. 22, 1983, where they were preparing for their appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Leslie Crowley, second from left, and Jeff Hanson, right, of Utah, were among the 104 high school musicians selected annually to participate in the band.

1986
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The then-new Humpty Dumpty balloon, followed by a redesigned Olive Oyl holding Sweet Pea, floats down Broadway in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 27, 1986. According to Robert M. Grippo and Christopher Hoskins' book, "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," Olive Oyl (sans Sweet Pea) first debuted in 1982 along with Woody Woodpecker.

1986
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The redesigned Olive Oyl, holding Sweet Pea, floats behind a group of clowns as they march down Broadway in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 27, 1986. According to popeye.com, Olive Oyl was the first female cartoon character featured as a balloon in the parade.

1986
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Betty Boop collapses on Broadway near 49th Street as handlers work to raise the deflated helium balloon during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 27, 1986. Betty Boop, the last balloon in the parade, could not finish the route.

1988
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Handlers of Sesame Street's Big Bird get the balloon in position for the start of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 24, 1988. That year marked Big Bird's balloon debut in the parade.

1988
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The Pink Panther, a new addition to the cast of balloon characters in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, floats above Broadway in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 24, 1988.

1989
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Woody Woodpecker makes his way down Broadway in the 64th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 23, 1989.

1989
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Ronald McDonald cruises over spectators on Broadway during the 63rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 24, 1989. The Ronald McDonald balloon first appeared in 1966, and a second balloon appeared in 2001.

1989
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Bugs Bunny looked fresh and dapper for his 50th anniversary appearance in the 1989 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

1990
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Bart Simpson makes his Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade debut on his skateboard ride down Broadway in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 22, 1990.

1991
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Spider Man makes his way down Central Park West in Manhattan at the start of the 65th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday morning, Nov. 28, 1991. Following are the Macy's Clipper float and the Happy Dragon, which was — at the time — the oldest Macy's balloon capable of flight at 31 years old.

1991
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Kermit the Frog droops after a puncture in his head lets out the oxygen-helium mixture in the balloon during the 65th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 28, 1991.

"Kermit's troubles yesterday began when he scraped against high branches on Central Park West," said a 1991 New York Times story printed the day after the parade.

"We thought he had turned into a tree frog," balloon captain Marc Schwab told The New York Times. "Personally, I think he saw Miss Piggy on a sidestreet. But he was a real trooper. He was down, so to speak, but he wasn't out."

1992
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Goofy makes his debut in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade along Broadway at West 35th Street in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 26, 1992. Behind Goofy is Bugs Bunny. The Marshfield, Wis., senior high school marching band leads the way.

1993
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Rex, the hero of the book, "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story" and the 1993 movie of the same name, felt the effects of the blustery winds and freezing temperatures of the 1993 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"It wasn't that Rex was a bad balloon," 1 2008 Bowery Boys New York City History blog post said. "It was the fact that, halfway through, his head popped off and they kept the behemoth floating down the street, the camera uncomfortably cutting away."

1995
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The face of parade newcomer Sky Dancer deflates in New York's Times Square during the 69th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade Thursday, Nov. 23, 1995. Other balloons experiencing parade problems included Sonic the Hedgehog and Dudley the Dragon.

1995
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Newcomer to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, Dudley The Dragon, had a rocky debut when he slowly deflated after ripping during the 69th annual event in New York, Thursday, Nov. 23, 1995.

"On parade day 1995, a 65-foot $350,000 Dudley balloon debuted on a cold, blustery morning — until it snagged a light post," a 1996 The Daily Courier article said. "Broken glass rained on spectators as the towering dragon s-s-s-slowly deflated 25 blocks short of the finishing line."

1996
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"Bullwinkle was a parade favorite from 1961 to 1983," a 1996 New York Daily News article said, and 1996 saw his return to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade after a long hiatus.

"We got more letters to bring back Bullwinkle than just about anybody," parade producer Jean McFaddin told the paper in 1996.

Rocky the Squirrel joined his friend not just for friendship's sake, but mostly to help keep Bullwinkle in the air, the paper went on to say.

1997
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Handlers struggle to keep the beak of a Big Bird balloon from touching the ground from high winds during Macy's 71st annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997.

1997
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The Rugrats balloon floats through New York's Times Square during the Macy's 71st Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997.

1999
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Onlookers get a close-up view from their high-rise perch of the "Garfield" balloon during the 73rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday Nov. 25, 1999.

2001
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It's a blast from the past as Jeeves, the Internet butler floats down the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade route. Jeeves is followed by the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, in New York.

2001
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Mac’n’Cheese anyone? A Cheesasaurus Rex balloon carrying a camera and wearing an NYPD cap floats down Broadway during the 75th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, in New York.

2003
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The turkey balloon comes down New York's Central Park West at the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday Nov. 27, 2003. The background of the photo also shows Macy's "novelty balloons" — the Macy's stars and the pumpkins.

2003
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon Harold the Fireman flies down Broadway in New York, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003. The name "Harold" is in honor of Herald Square, the home of the legacy location of the Macy's store, according to the Macy's website.

2003
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Clifford the Big Red Dog balloon floats its way down New York's Broadway during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade Thursday Nov. 27, 2003, in New York.

2005
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The Grover balloon floats down Broadway during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, Thursday Nov. 24, 2005 in New York.

2005
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The Mr. Potato Head balloon passes through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005 in New York.

2005
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A 6-year-old girl watches as the SpongeBob SquarePants balloon is blown up Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, near Central Park in New York. The balloon was one of three new additions to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade back in 2004.

2005
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This Nov. 24, 2005 file photo shows a balloon of Peanuts character Charlie Brown chasing a football down Broadway during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York.

2007
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Shrek the ogre (in balloon form) makes his Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade debut on Nov. 22, 2007.

2007
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According to the Macy's parade website, Snoopy has made appearances in 32 parades — more than any other character.