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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Continues 76-year-old Tradition

Aired November 23, 2000 - 2:18 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

STEPHEN FRAZIER, CNN ANCHOR: The main event today, elsewhere, though, was the Macy's parade in New York city. It's a tradition that dates back to 1924, and the star attraction is always those huge balloon characters -- so hot air doesn't just come from politicians.

CNN's Maria Hinojosa has a look at those.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

MARIA HINOJOSA, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This New York tradition starts early. Even before the sun was up, they were bundled and wrapped, braving the cold just for that one prime viewing spot.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We want to see the new floats -- I think the Ronald McDonald, the big one -- we always like Snoopy.

HINOJOSA: But the hours of waiting gave way, finally, to Tom Turkey and the return, after an 18-year hiatus, of Mickey Mouse, all 66 feet of him. They came from Alabama, Texas, Connecticut and California -- dancing, strutting, swinging and pumping.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Looks like a lot of joy and a lot of thankfulness. I'm so glad to be here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, Johnny (ph), what did you see? Big Bird, Blues Clues...

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Hey, look at that guy!

HINOJOSA: This year there were six new giant helium balloons, including Cassie from "Dragon Tales" and Jeeves, the first Internet character to make it into the parade.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I love it -- to see all these people here to support us. It's great.

HINOJOSA: Everyone working together to make sure everything goes just right so everyone, even the youngest, get to see their favorite things.

Maria Hinojosa, CNN, New York.

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