As much a tradition as the turkey for our family was watching The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thanksgiving morning, usually still wearing pajamas! Mom would start puttering away in the kitchen unless we were going to my Aunt's house. In that case, she'd be in there with Dad and me as we anxiously awaited the next float or, even better, the next giant character balloon! As the parade nears the century mark, nearly all the great pop culture figures have had a balloon--from FELIX THE CAT and SUPERMAN to BULLWINKLE and POPEYE and now HELLO KITTY and SPONGEBOB. Somehow, the turkey always tasted just a little better after spending the morning enjoying the parade with my parents!