Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010 is billed as a star-studded affair, with Santa Claus making his initial appearance of the holiday season.
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Some of the live musical acts scheduled to perform during the parade include Arlo Guthrie, Gladys Knight, Jessica Simpson, Kanye West, Macy Gray and Mannheim Steamroller, in addition to a number of marching bands from around the country.
Giant balloons are another feature of the annual event. Snoopy the Flying Ace, Diary of A Wimpy Kid, 'Super Cute' Hello Kitty and SpongeBob SquarePants are just a few of the big names who will be floating through Manhattan on Thursday.