The 91st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off the holiday season in New York City Thursday morning with more than 8,000 marchers, floats and giant balloons entertaining more than 3.5 million live spectators.

With new faces and old favorites in the lineup, the extravaganza began wending through 2 miles of Manhattan on a chilly morning amid tight security.

This year’s parade featured 17 giant character balloons; 28 legacy balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands, 6 performance groups and several Hollywood celebrities, including the star JoJo Siwa.

See below a video and the images of the event, in addition to those of the rehearsal that took place on November 21: