Yesterday, dozens of colorful ballons and floats and over a thousand performers strutted down the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route to usher in the holiday season in New York City. Thousands of people lined the streets from the Upper West Side to Herald Square to catch glimpses of Supercute Hello Kitty, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pikachu, Cee Lo Green, Mary J. Blige, Santa Claus and many more. Take a look at some photographs above, as well as some videos below:

Here's the crowd's reaction to the handlers of the Supercute Hello Kitty ballon:

Floating pumpkins are mesmerizing!

And Pikachu wants to give a shout-out to #1 Pokemon fan (with a Secret Service detail) Herman Cain: