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Fun Facts About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a holiday tradition. 2013 will mark the 87th anniversary of the parade, which began in 1924 with only about a dozen elements! Here are a few fun facts about this year’s parade, which will air at 9 a.m. on NBC (WGEM) Thanksgiving Day.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
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  • The 2013 parade will feature 15 giant character balloons; 37 large scale, novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons
  • 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers will pefrom
  • 900 clowns are in the lineup
  • 30 different floats will travel the parade route
  • Just a few of the celebrities appearing include: Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Kellie Pickler, and The Robertson family from ‘Duck Dynasty’
  • To mark the 75th Anniversary of ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ a 47-foot tall, giant hot air balloon emblazoned with the portraits of the characters from the classic film will glide down the route
  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has its own App, which gives fans the chance to interact with the famed march, learn more about the elements and share content with their friends.

NBC reports that 3.5 million spectators are expected to watch the parade live, and anticipates a viewing audience of 50 million people.

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