The 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The annual Turkey Day parade meanders through midtown, featuring giant-ass balloons, performances from Kanye and Kylie, and plenty of holiday festivity. Three participants in this year's extravaganza tell us why they love the big day.

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  • Photograph: NBC/Virginia Sherwood

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    Meredith Vieira, the Today show anchor and parade cohost
    "I grew up watching the parade. We would be up early helping my mom with the stuffing or the mashed potatoes, and the parade was always on. I can't imagine Thanksgiving without it. When I had the opportunity to cohost with Matt [Lauer] and Al [Roker] I was so excited. I remember being nervous the night before; it was almost like the day before Christmas, when you're a kid. That's how much it meant to me. Almost being able to touch the balloons as they went by, or shake hands with somebody on a float took my breath away. I get teased a lot by Matt and Al---they're waiting for me to lose it totally on the air."

  • Photograph: Courtesy Janine Durb

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    Janine Durborow, balloon copilot
    "[An assignment] on a new balloon is probably the most sought-after thing that you can get as a [piloting] team. My first year of doing [Sesame Street character] Abby Cadabby, people were like, "Who's that?" The same the second year. And then by the third year, everyone was talking about Abby Cadabby. I had her when she was up-and-coming, and now she's a total star."

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    ?uestlove, performer and drummer for the Roots
    "Last year, we did the Gibson Guitar float. And what I learned was to pack a better iPod [playlist]. We only had three songs, which played out the speakers [on the float], and it's a three-hour trip. We definitely don't want to subject ourselves to 'Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer' 19 times again. This year I'm going to try and custom-make Christmas instrumentals and have that be our soundtrack. We're definitely going to have the funkiest mix on the float this year; I guarantee it."

Photograph: NBC/Virginia Sherwood

macysparade01MeredithVieira

Meredith Vieira, the Today show anchor and parade cohost
"I grew up watching the parade. We would be up early helping my mom with the stuffing or the mashed potatoes, and the parade was always on. I can't imagine Thanksgiving without it. When I had the opportunity to cohost with Matt [Lauer] and Al [Roker] I was so excited. I remember being nervous the night before; it was almost like the day before Christmas, when you're a kid. That's how much it meant to me. Almost being able to touch the balloons as they went by, or shake hands with somebody on a float took my breath away. I get teased a lot by Matt and Al---they're waiting for me to lose it totally on the air."

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GOBBLE GOBBLE! The 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 77th St and Central Park West; for the complete parade route, visit macys.com/parade. Thu 25 9am--noon; free.

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