New York gets ready for annual Thanksgiving parade

STORY: Fan favorite and newcomer Diary of a Wimpy Kid, DINO and Baby DINO were among the newcomers joining familiar stars like Goku, Papa Smurf And SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary.

And timed well to the ongoing World Cup is Striker, the U.S. Soccer Star Balloonicle.

Children were on hand to look on.

Workers methodically inflated each big balloon with helium.

They did their work under nets, weighed down by sand bags, to keep the balloons from flying away.