85 Years that the parade has been marching through Manhattan (there was a three-year gap during World War II)
86 Floats and balloons in 2011
6 Balloons debuting this year, including inflatables of Sonic the Hedgehog and a gloomy creation called B., designed by goth auteur Tim Burton
10,000 Cubic feet of helium used, on average, to inflate one balloon
70--100 Number of handlers needed to maneuver each giant balloon along the parade route
3,399 Miles that Santa Claus travels from the north pole to New York City to participate in the parade
5 Performances from Broadway productions this year—including Daniel Radcliffe and the cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
11Marching bands this year
25 Hours it takes to transport the balloons and floats from the Macy's Parade Studio in Moonachie, New Jersey, to the Upper West Side, then inflate them
The 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade happens Thu 24 at 9am. For more information, including the complete parade route, visit macys.com/parade.
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