Giant balloons draw oohs, ahhs at Macy’s parade

NEW YORK (AP) — Spectators of all ages oohed and ahhed as giant inflated characters floated through the streets of Manhattan during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Thursday’s spectacle featured six new giant balloons, including Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger.

It was around 37 degrees with a hint of drizzle and light winds as clowns shot a burst of confetti from canisters to get the show rolling.

The honor of leading the parade went to the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band from Western Carolina University.

Drum line instructor Chelsea Levine said the opportunity for their 505-member band to perform in the parade was “an incredible honor.”

Veteran clown Steve Smith says all the happy kids in the crowd really “make the parade.”