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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Macy's 2010 Thanksgiving Parade: Large Crowd Despite Recession & Cold (Photos)

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Draws Crowds Despite Cold Temps

Teeming crowds, chilly temperatures and a forecast of rain weren't enough to keep excited families like the Browns away from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"I'm exhausted," said Lance Brown, 46, a police sergeant who left his home in Port Jefferson, L.I., at 4 a.m. to stake out a prime spot. "Every year we come out here and camp. It's crazy."

"We need to get a great spot so we can see," said his son Brandon, 10, who craned his neck to take in the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon.

The 84th annual parade kicked off at 9 a.m. under grey skies, but by noon the threatened rain had yet to fall.

Even rapper Kanye West seemed to relax and enjoy himself. Wearing black leather pants and sunglasses, West smiled widely and waved to screaming onlookers from his perch on the Daily News float.

Cynthia Cuevas, 39, who lives near Buffalo, N.Y., claimed a prime spot along the parade route at 7 a.m., surrounded by relatives.

"It brings out the kid in everyone" said Cuevas. "We watch it on TV every year. To be out here is an amazing feeling."

Firefighter Russ Regan, 41, of the Upper West Side, said he has been coming since he was a child, rarely missing a year. "It's my favorite holiday," he said.

His son Connor, 10, gawked at the new Kung Fu Panda balloon.

Regan's wife, Mary-Anne, said she'd take Thanksgiving over Christmas any day.

"We don't need presents," she said. "Just food and family."

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Sources:, Huffington Post, Macy's, MSNBC, New York Daily News, Youtube, Google Maps

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