New giants among Macy's NYC parade balloons

By CRISTIAN SALAZAR | November 24, 2011 | 2:35 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A jetpack-wearing monkey and a freakish creation from filmmaker Tim Burton are two of the big new balloons that will make their inaugural appearances in front of milllions of people at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Paul Frank's Julius and Burton's B. join more than a dozen other giant balloons, including fan favorites like Snoopy and Spider-Man, for Thursday's parade. The parade also is expected to feature more than 40 other balloon creations, 27 floats, 800 clowns and 1,600 cheerleaders.

Macy's says 3.5 million people will likely crowd the Manhattan parade route, while an additional 50 million watch from home.