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The floats are lining up and balloons are being inflated ahead of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Preparations are underway as floats are moved into place for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Preparations are underway as floats are moved into place for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Millions of people across the country will tune-in Thursday to watch the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Preparations are underway as floats are moved into place and massive balloons are filled with helium.

This year, organizers are hoping to lift more than these familiar characters.

They want to help raise the spirits of so many affected by Hurricane Sandy.

"The parade has always been about family, coming together and about Thanksgiving when everyone comes together to celebrate," says parade executive producer Amy Kule.  "This year I believe it will be even more important and I believe will represent as a beacon of hope for the entire Tri-state area."

If you'd like to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, KTIV's coverage starts at nine o'clock Thursday morning.

Today Show hosts Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker will bring you the sights and sounds from midtown Manhattan.

And, if you miss any part of the parade, NBC will offer an encore starting at two p.m.

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