The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2009 rocked New York city, keeping spectators gathered on various streets and spots. Thousands of tourists and holiday revelers gathered to watch giant inflatable versions of their favorite characters, including Dora the Explorer, Spiderman and Father Christmas, sail along between the skyscrapers.
Each year, in a tradition that began when Felix the Cat became the first Macy's parade balloon in 1927, all balloons are pre-inflated outside the museum, and are held down with nets and sandbags during the night before the parade.
The city's Mayor Michael Bloomberg admitted Snoopy was his favorite cartoon balloon. "I'm very loyal," he said. "There's an old saying - 'You dance with the woman that brung you,' and Snoopy's been with me a long time."
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