In spite of the dreary weather, 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—that Spider-Man balloon looks pretty awesome.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. (map), but if you're considering going, you better head out very early For a somewhat easier, if less exciting view, you can watch the parade on NBC/Channel 4.

Update: We've added more photographs from our readers—thanks for sharing the pictures!