Prepping for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade

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Wednesday is a New York holiday tradition - the annual inflation of the parade's famed balloons.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade will include a very special tribute.

It's crunch time just outside of Central Park right now but getting ready for the Macy's Day Parade is something that goes on year round.

"Each one of the elements in the parade start as a simple sketch, and we sit with the artist and talk about what we want to see come to life," Amy Kule, executive producer of the parade, said.

The floats are moved into place and massive balloons are filled with helium - ultimately pushing them to the sky. 

This year, organizers are hoping to lift more than familiar characters. They want to help raise the spirits of so many affected by Superstorm Sandy.

"The parade has always been about family, coming together and about Thanksgiving when everyone comes together to celebrate," Kule said. "This year, I believe it will be even more important and I believe will represent as a beacon of hope for the entire tri-state area."

Communities need some hope with debris still scattered for miles. 

"We've got a float dedicated to the first responders, and each person in the parade is going to be wearing a pin from the Red Cross," Kule said.

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