November 24, 2011
A balloon of cartoonist Paul Frank's Julius heads downtown during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, in New York. The jetpack-wearing monkey and a freakish creation from filmmaker Tim Burton are two of the big new balloons that will make their inaugural appearances in front of millions of people at this year's parade. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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NEW YORK (AP) — A festive mood prevailed Thursday as the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade made its way through the crowded streets of Manhattan beneath brilliant sunshine.