Characters from the very bottom of the sea to the far reaches of outer space soared above New York for the city’s 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.

As ever, the event was a joyous exercise in absurdity, generating such sights as Papa Smurf, SpongeBob, and some Pokemon towering over all they surveyed.

While locals and tourists alike assembled on the streets and at their high-rise windows to watch, Sky News has assembled some of the best pictures from Thursday’s event.

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PAW Patrol were on hand to make sure the event went off without any trouble
Pikachu and Eeevee balloon flies during the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 24, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Pikachu dressed up for the occasion in a fine festive scarf
The Sinclair's Dino balloon flies during the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 24, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Hey, I’m walkin’ here, I’m walkin’ here!
The Boss Baby balloon flies during the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 24, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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The Boss Baby looked ready for business
Astronaut Snoopy balloon flies during the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 24, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Snoopy celebrated NASA’s recent moon launch by wearing an astronaut suit
Grogu balloon is seen as people wait ahead of the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 24, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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He’s behind you…
The Smurfs balloon balloon flies during the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 24, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Some say Papa Smurf is older than Thanksgiving itself
Goku ballon flies during the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 24, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Goku from Dragonball Z had the most flamboyant hair of the parade
Bluey balloon flies as Spirit of America cheerleaders participate in the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York City
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There was also entertainment on the ground – but all eyes were on Bluey the cartoon dog
Mickey Mouse waves during the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 24, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Mickey Mouse was also at ground level
The Pillsbury Doughboy balloon is seen during the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York City
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Not to be confused with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, this is the Pillsbury Doughboy
Stuart the Minion balloon flies during the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 24, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Stuart represented the Minions at the event
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon depicting Greg Heffley is seen during the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York City
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SpongeBob hits the deck as Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s Greg Heffley watches on
Santa Claus gestures during the 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 24, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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As has been tradition since 1924, Santa was there to prove it wasn’t all about the balloons

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