Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011 Recap [PHOTOS]

 @MarkJohansonIBT
on November 24 2011 3:03 PM
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On Thursday Nov. 24, 2011, the 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade lit up the streets of Manhattan with mammoth floats and toe-tapping high school bands. As the star-studded revelers marched through the Big Apple, an estimated 3.5 million lined the streets to cheer them on.

The Thanksgiving Day parade is the quintessential Thanksgiving event, watched by 50 million turkey-gobbling families across America.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Here's a look at the best of the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in photos: 

Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Smurfs balloon floats through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS

Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Kung Fu Panda balloon floats through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS

Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Buzz Lightyear balloon floats through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS

Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Kermit the Frog balloon floats through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS

Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Mobile Azalea Trail Maids perform on Central Park West during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, REUTERS

Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

The Hawaii All-State Marching Band make its way through Times Square during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS

Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

A Spiderman performer runs underneath the Spiderman balloon as it floats down Central Park West during the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade in New York November 24, 2011. REUTERS