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Preparations begin for annual Macy's Holiday Parade in Portland

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Friday will mark the 29th annual My Macy's Holiday Parade in Portland, and FOX 12 got a sneak peak of the preparations before the big day. 

The event features 25 inflatable floats along with dozens of costumed characters. They include a large inflatable elf that is featured in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
    
Local middle and high school marching bands will also be featured.

Event officials say they are expecting a big turnout.

"We have horses and rodeo queens and all those people that are in the parade, and then we have a whole other contingent of people who line the streets to come watch the parade. There are thousands of people who come and watch and thousands who are actually in the parade," Peggy Merchant, who is with the My Macy’s Holiday Parade. 

The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Friday on Ninth Avenue and West Burnside.

It then ends with Santa dashing through Portland in his sleigh.

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