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Bigger is better: Macy's Thanksgiving parade floats

This year will mark the 85th anniversary of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Here's a look back at some favourite floats

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Recent research says SpongeBob SquarePants has negative effects on a preschooler’s brain function. But he sure does make for a fun balloon. Year: 2008

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The Energizer Bunny worked its way through Times Square in 2007. Then it just kept going.

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Why does Bart Simpson have wrinkles? Apparently some characters just aren't meant to be giant balloons. Year: 1995

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Snoopy, however, is adorable in any form. Year: 2007

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Here's a movie plot that's sure to be a hit: Garfield and Spider-Man team up to fight crimes against lasagna. Year: 1995

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Is Betty Boop sitting on the moon or a banana? A banana would be funnier. Year: 1996

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Stars! Strips! Flags! Soldiers! The Statue of Liberty! Not surprisingly, this uberpatriotic display was part of the 2001 parade.

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See, kids: This is how big you'll get if you eat too many burgers. Year: 2008 (Ronald McDonald)

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So Santa, Hello Kitty and a Smurf walk into a bar ... Year: 2009

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Yeah, we think these elves are supercreepy too. Year: 2006

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A Daphne balloon would have been cooler, no? Year: 2006 (Scooby-Doo)

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A Shrek balloon floats in New York, no doubt giving nightmares to young children below it.

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Aquí es un gran globo de Dora la Exploradora. Year: 2006 (Dora the Explorer)

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Dudley the Dragon brings the Cancon.

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But where's Mister Peabody? Year: 1996 (Rocky and Bullwinkle)

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Ah, Sonic the Hedgehog. Remember when video games were that simple? Year: 1996

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