Last night, thousands of New Yorkers flocked to the Upper West Side to see balloons get inflated for today's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Here are just some photographs of the pre-parade excitement--where else do you see Smurf, Pikachu and Kermit appear in front of your eyes?

And you can watch them unleashed for today's parade at 9 a.m. on WNBC--or outside!