The day was clear and perfect for watching giant balloons and floats meander down from the Upper West Side to Herald Square during the 83rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year, the parade's new route took the procession down Sixth and Seventh Avenues instead of Broadway (the route is now slightly longer) and millions lined the streets for the festivities.

One woman from San Diego told the Daily News she arrived to claim prime parade-watching on Seventh Avenue at 3 a.m., "I finally made it after 20 years! I really wanted to be here." However, the AP found a NJ woman who got a good space just a half hour before the parade. Either way, onlookers who watched the parade live were pleased—one child told the News, "Pikachu looked better than on TV."