In photos: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade returns

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The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City was returned to fanfare on Thursday, with last year’s festivities set back due to the pandemic.

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big picture: The 95th annual parade featured new floats, marching bands, music stars, Santa and others who made their way through a 2.5-mile route that was accompanied by enthusiastic crowds. Last year’s parade route was reduced to just one largely spectator-less block.

  • For the second year, the parade included a land acknowledgment and blessing From the elders of the Mashpi Wampanoag tribe. “Creator and ancestor, we respect you for all things. We respect the Lenape people of Manahatta and all our ties. We are here now; and will always be here. And it is so,” Bless translated into english said.

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The Paw Patrol’s Chase Balloon is seen during the 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images
Artists prepare to participate during a parade in New York City. Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images
Stormtroopers march during the parade. Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images
A view of the crowd. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
A Star Wars grogu or Baby Yoda balloon is seen during the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
Sesame Street floats during the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images
New Ada Twist, Scientific Balloon. Photo: Michael Lokisano/Getty Images
Crowds attend the 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images
NBC’s Al Roker at the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images
Santa Claus arrives at the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
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