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Balloons, spirits soar at NYC Thanksgiving parade

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The 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, floats and all, made its way down Manhattan's West Side past 30 Rock.

Despite high wind concerns earlier in the week, the giant floats were able to be part of the iconic parade.

Besides the floats, there were marching bands, celebrity hosts and clowns all helping entertain spectators young and old. For many, the parade officially ushers in the holiday season.

This year, some three million people battled the frigid temperatures to line the streets, and another 50 million Americans tuned in to watch the festivities.

Many balloons swayed with the winds. And Spider-man's senses must have been tingling when a branch punctured his left arm. However rope handlers managed to keep the balloons under control..

Because of the wind, balloon were flying lower than usual.

The balloons have only been grounded once in the history of the parade and that was in the 70s.

With thousands of happy kids and Santa to finish off the parade, what more could you ask for?

Unfortunately there was one mishap at this year's parade with Buzz Lightyear hurting a worker's foot. 

The accident sent Buzz Lightyear's rope holder — a Long Island school teacher — to the hospital, but didn’t mar the occasion for thousands of thrilled and chilled parade-goers, who crowded Midtown’s skyscraper canyons in near-freezing weather.

“It hit me from behind,” injured rope-holder Keri O’Connell said. She was accompanying the “Toy Story” star when it accidentally ran over her right foot at West 75th Street.

“I was holding the balloon. I was in front of the of the car. All of a sudden, I was pulled down and the car was on my foot,” O’Connell said.

“I was like `Get it off, get it off, get it off!’ “

A Good Samaritan put pressure on her injured foot and elevated it, before an ambulance whisked O’Connell away.

Despite the mishaps and the blustery weather, parade-goers remained as buoyant as the balloons.

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