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VIDEO: Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Dazzles NYC

NEW YORK — A high-kicking Kung Fu Panda and a diary-toting Wimpy Kid joined the giant balloon lineup as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade unfolded Thursday, drawing tens of thousands of spectators to the annual extravaganza on a chilly, overcast morning.

As millions more watched the live broadcast on television, entertainers on tap included Kanye West, Gladys Knight and Colombian rocker Juanes.

The Broadway cast of "Elf" performed and they were to be joined by the cast of "American Idiot," along with marching bands from across the United States.

An inflatable version of Virginia O'Hanlon, the 8-year-old girl whose letter to the editor elicited the response, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus," made its debut.

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