The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon makes its way down Broadway for its first appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Nov. 25, 2004.

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Left: Miley Cyrus waves to onlookers in 2008. Right: The Rugrats balloon floats down Broadway in 2000.

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A child smiles as a balloon passes by during the 2003 parade.

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From left: Al Roker, Katie Couric, and Matt Lauer host the 2001 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Left: Hilary Duff rides on a float in 2003. Right: Sisters Caroline (above) and Jaqueline Broderick of Atlanta wave to the floats in 2004.

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The Jonas Brothers — Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Nick Jonas — appear at the 2007 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Kaycie Gamblin (left), 6, and Brandon Gamblin, 11, of Hicksville, New York, watch as the Ronald McDonald balloon floats down Broadway in 2003.

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Kermit the Frog makes his way down 7th Avenue on the Sesame Street float in 2009.

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Actors Oscar Nunez and Kate Flannery watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2008.

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Left: Crowds watch as Blue from Blue's Clues leads the parade down Broadway in 2000. Right: Steve Irwin rides atop a gigantic crocodile float in 2004.

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Little Bill makes his debut on Broadway in the 76th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2002.

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The Ask Jeeves balloon makes its way through Times Square in 2004.

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Jordin Sparks at the 81st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2007.

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Kenny G entertains the crowd during the 75th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2001.

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Left: A Keith Haring balloon makes its way down the parade route in 2008. Right: Raven-Symoné waves to onlookers in 2004.

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The Cheetah Girls pose for a photo in 2005.

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Jimmy Neutron soars down Central Park West on his way toward Herald Square during the 76th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2002.

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A Buzz Lightyear balloon makes its way down 7th Avenue in 2009.

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Santa Claus waves from his sleigh as he makes his way down Broadway in 2005.

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