Even the brisk New York City weather forecast can’t stop our favorite characters from floating through the busy city streets in the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year marks the 92nd go-round for holiday tradition, with old and new faces in tow. If you can’t make it in person, NBC will broadcast the parade live from 9 a.m.-noon.

Although Felix the Cat takes the honor of being the first Macy’s balloon way back in 1924, it’s the familiar faces of Shrek and the Peanuts gang that have come to be sure signifiers for the festive event. From Popeye in 1929 to multiple variations of Ronald McDonald and SpongeBob SquarePants, we’ve rounded up some of the most iconic balloons and floats in nearly a century full of Thanksgiving parades. Even certain celebrity talent, like the late Joan Rivers, have become so synonymous with the parade that it’s hard to ever imagine it without them.

Macy’s is never one to shy away from featuring the latest pop culture phenomenons, so be sure to keep an eye open for all the new characters too. From the four elves in Netflix’s upcoming “A Christmas Chronicles” to the lovable Little Cloud emoji, we have all of the new additions in the balloon and float line-up that you won’t want to miss. Seriously though, there’s a Kinder chocolate-themed float. For real.

Check out a brief history of all the old floats from the past to all the new ones to expect in the upcoming 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, below:


1929: A large outdoor float of Captain Nemo makes its way down the street during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, on Nov. 28, 1929. Originally known as the Macy’s Christmas Parade, the Thanksgiving Day parade started in 1924. (AP Photo/File)

1961: An inflated Popeye floats above the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York as it nears Times Square. (William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images)


1985: Santa Claus rides a float at the 40th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Stock Connection/REX/Shutterstock)


1995: Betty Boop balloon in the 50th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Stock Connection/REX/Shutterstock)


1995: A Native American rides a float in Macy’s 50th annual Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. (Stock Connection/REX/Shutterstock)


1995: Veronica, left, and Starfish also made an appearance in Macy’s 50th annual Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. (Stock Connection/REX/Shutterstock)


2004: Steve Irwin, the Australian zookeeper, conservationist and television personality known as “The Crocodile Hunter,” rides atop a crocodile in this iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving day float during the 78th annual parade. He died in 2006. (Greg Allen/REX/Shutterstock)


2006: Residents of the Upper West Side enjoy the inflation of the Big Bird balloon on Macy’s 80th Inflation Eve Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.


2007: The Dora the Explorer balloon seen at the 81st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Erik C. Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)


2008: The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon seen at the 82nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Greg Allen/REX/Shutterstock)


2008: The Shrek balloon seen at the 82nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Erik C. Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)


2008: The Buzz Lightyear balloon seen at the 82nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Erik C. Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)


2008: The Dr. Seuss’ Horton balloon seen at the 82nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Gregory Pace/BEI/REX/Shutterstock)


2009: The Pikachu Pokemon balloon seen at the 83rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Charles Sykes/REX/Shutterstock)


2009: The Kermit the Frog balloon seen at the 83rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Greg Allen/REX/Shutterstock)


2010: Joan Rivers appeared as the Snow Queen at the 84th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)


2010: Kanye West rides a float at the 84th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Picture Perfect/REX/Shutterstock)


2011: The Spider-Man balloon seen at the 85th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (London News Pictures/REX/Shutterstock)


2011: Visionary Tim Burton’s balloon seen at the 85th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Picture Perfect/REX/Shutterstock)


2012: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Mickey Mouse balloons seen at the 86th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Greg Allen/REX/Shutterstock)


2013: Paul Frank’s Julius balloon seen at the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock)


2014: The Kool-Aid balloon seen at the 88th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)


2014: The Ronald McDonald balloon seen at the 88th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock)


2014: The Hello Kitty and Macy’s Star balloons seen at the 88th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock)


2014: The Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger makes his legendary debut at the 88th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Diane Bondareff/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock)


2014: Toothless from “How to Train your Dragon” floats in the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Scott Roth/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock)


2014: The Yes, Virginia balloon floats in the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock)


2014: The Elf On The Shelf balloon floats in the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock)


2015: The Snoopy and Woodstock balloon seen at the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)


2015: The Paddington Bear balloon seen at the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)


2015: The Scrat the squirrel from “Ice Age” balloon seen at the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)


2015: The Harold the Policeman balloon floats through the parade route at the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Scott Roth/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock)


2015: Another edition of the SpongeBob SquarePants balloon floats through the parade route at the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Scott Roth/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock)


2015: The Skylanders Eruptor balloon floats in the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock)


2016: The Happy Dragon balloon floats in the 90th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)


2016: The Charlie Brown balloon floats in the 90th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)


2017: The Olaf float appears at the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock)


2017: The Trolls float appears at the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Kristin Callahan/ACE Pictures/REX/Shutterstock )


2017: The Pillsbury Doughboy parade float appears at the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Kristin Callahan/ACE Pictures/REX/Shutterstock )


2017: A close-up shot of the Pillsbury Doughboy parade float shows just how larger-than-life these inventive creations are. (Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock)


2017: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas balloon appears at the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Kristin Callahan/ACE Pictures/REX/Shutterstock)


The 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

New Balloons

Fleck, Bjorn, JoJo & Hugg: These adorable elves from Netflix’s newest holiday movie “A Christmas Chronicles” are among the newest addition to Macy’s historic balloon line-up. (Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy’s)

Fun Fact: These elves are the first ever Netflix balloons to be featured in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.


Little Cloud: Created more than 16 years ago by FriendsWithYou, this cute cloud is meant to symbolize “light, tranquility and unconditional love.” (Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy’s)


Goku: This fan-favorite Dragon Ball Z character joins the 2018 line-up, marking a new era for the animate franchise. (Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy’s)


Sunny The Snowpal: This lovable character is meant to remind us about the wonder of giving this holiday season and will surely be a welcomed addition to the iconic lineup for years to come. (Courtesy of Macy’s)

Fun Fact: Sunny is an original character created by Macy’s for the 2018 holiday campaign.


Lead photos (clockwise) by: William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images; Stock Connection/REX/Shutterstock; Courtesy of Macy’s; Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock

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