1. Medium of Julius the monkey balloon in net awaiting release
2. Medium of Julius' jetpack
3. Medium of workers blowing up balloons
4. Close-up of worker putting helium into balloon
5. Wide of SpongeBob SquarePants balloon being blown up
6. Close-up of worker putting helium into balloon
7. Wide of workers around SpongeBob balloon
8. Close-up of helium machine, pan to workers
9. Children watching balloons being inflated
10. Crowd looking at balloons being inflated
11. Medium of workers inflating Kermit the Frog balloon
12. Close-up then pan of Kermit the Frog balloon
13. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Piper, Vice President of Macy's Parade Studios:
"Today we are having our inflation celebration and that is when all of the balloons for the 85th annual Thanksgiving day parade are getting their yearly dose of helium, they are inflating them even as we speak the balloons are being inflated on both streets by six teams simultaneously with 24 hoses and over 20 tonnes of sand for all of the nets and the sandbags that they have to put around to keep the balloons down."
14. Various of Spiderman balloon head being inflated
15. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Piper, Vice President of Macy's Parade Studios:
"Everybody should see the brand new wonderful balloons we have this year including as I said, Julius, Sonic the hedgehog, our brand new balloonical, that is the AFLIAC duck riding on an enormous tobagen over a snow drift coming down the parade route under his own power, no lines attached. He is going to be having a great time tomorrow and we have 15 giant balloons, four balloonicals, 28 of our smaller balloons, including a retro balloon from our own history in honour of our 85th anniversary."
There'll be some monkeying around at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade when Paul Frank's sock puppet-inspired simian, Julius, makes its debut in front of millions of spectators on Thursday.
Sporting a jetpack, the 41-foot (12.5 metre) tall Julius joins 14 other giant balloons, which were inflated on Wednesday near New York's Central Park.
Video game character Sonic the Hedgehog returns to the parade after an 18-year absence.
Thousands of people, many families with children in tow, were drawn to the spectacle of the balloons lying as if asleep on the streets, held down by weighted nets.
Besides the popular giant helium balloons, Macy's parade is also expected to feature more than 40 other balloon creations, 27 floats, 800 clowns and 1,600 cheerleaders.
John Piper, Vice President of Macy's Parade Studios spoke excitedly ahead of the parade calling for everybody to "see the brand new wonderful balloons we have this year."
Organisers say Mary J. Blige, Cee Lo Green, Avril Lavigne and the Muppets of Sesame Street will participate, some taking the stage at the end of the route in Herald Square and others performing on floats.
About 3.5 (m) million people are expected to crowd the Manhattan parade route on Thursday, while an additional 50 (m) million watch from home.
The parade began in 1924 and included live animals such as camels, goats and elephants.
It was not until 1927 that the live animals were replaced by giant helium balloons.
The parade was suspended from 1942 to 1944 because rubber and helium were needed for World War II.
But one thing has remained: since its inception, the balloons have always been based on popular cultural characters and holiday themes.
Returning favourites this year include Buzz Lightyear, Clumsy Smurf, SpongeBob SquarePants and Kermit the Frog.
Also making their first appearances at this year's parade are a pair of bike-powered balloons, one featuring a bulldog character and an elf balloon designed by Queens resident Keith Lapinig, who won a nationwide contest.
All the balloons are created at Macy's Parade Studio, and each undergoes testing for flight patterns, aerodynamics, buoyancy and lift.