The 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade brought together music, TV and sports stars in celebrating the holiday and the event’s 86th anniversary.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 2012The annual parade is probably the most suitable way to kick off Turkey Day in a traditional, colorful and cheerful manner. The three-hour long display of balloons, pop culture floats and marching bands features appearances and performances from a variety of celebrities each year, and 2012 got its share.

Bystanders got to watch floats pass by, carrying Jimmy Fallon, Hoda Kotb, Whoopi Goldberg, Dora the Explorer, the U.S. Olympic gymnasts Kyla Ross, Jordyn Wieber, Alexandra Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney, Cody Simpson, Rachel Crow, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Chris Isaac, The Wanted, Trace Adkins, Megan and Elizabeth Mace, Don McLean, Neon Trees, Colbie Caillat and Jennette McCurdy.

Famous and beloved cartoon characters also attended the festivities. Balloons representing Pokemon’s Pikachu, Papa Smurf, Kermit the Frog, Spider-Man, Sailor Mickey, Sonic the Hedgehog, Spongebob Squarepants, Paul Frank’s Julius, Kung Fu Panda, Hello Kitty and Charlie Brown slowly made their way through Central Park South, New York.

Children, and not only, were also delighted to witness Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees ride the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles float as well as the Saban’s Power Rangers Megaforce celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary on the streets of New York. Elmo and Big Bird made their way through the streets of Manhattan, as well.

The parade started marching on 77th Street and Central Park West in Manhattan at 9am, walked on to Columbus Circle, turned onto Central Park South, headed from 59th Street to 34th and halted at Macy’s Herald Square.