There are many traditions that New Yorkers get to participate in which are by nature exclusive due to geography. Sometimes the rest of the world looks on, like at the Christmas Tree lighting in Rockefeller Center, or the Dropping of the Ball in Times Square. But there is one that is reserved for the few who are willing to treck out in the cold and rain, the blowing up of the balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It's a family affair to be sure, with kids in strollers, and on their fathers shoulders, looks of amazement abound.
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