The 89th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Thursday and there will be thousands of people lined up along Sixth Avenue to catch a glimpse of their favorite larger-than-life balloons and floats and to see the marching bands perform. 

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While characters such as Hello Kitty, Ronald McDonald, and Sponge Bob Square Pants are popular amongst today's kids , parents and adults may remember a time when Mickey Mouse, Bullwinkle and Betty Boop floated through the sky. 

Metro takes a look back at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parades from the 1970s and 1980s.