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Macy's predicted 3.5 million people could crowd the parade route, while an additional 50 million watched from home.

The parade begins at 77th Street and heads south on Central Park West to Seventh Avenue, before moving to Sixth Avenue and ending at Macy's Herald Square.

Sherre Chaplen, 49, of Thomaston, Conn., said she was surprised by the energy of the clowns and musicians, who are often overshadowed by the balloons on television.

Mrs. Chaplen came to New York with her teenage daughter and husband.

“This was on the bucket list,” she said. “It’s so much different seeing it live than at home. It’s something everyone should do at least once in a lifetime.”

AP writers Cristian Salazar and Julie Walker contributed to this report.