11/23/2011 05:46 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2012

Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011: Photos Of The Balloons Being Blown Up (PHOTOS)

While the march from 77th street to Macy's Herald Square on Thanksgiving morning is the main attraction, real New Yorkers get an exciting private show the night before the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Now you can get in on the fun, too.

From 3pm to 10pm, the massive balloons get blown up near the Museum of Natural History on Central Park West. Classics and fan favorites go from limp bags to gorgeous, colorful characters. All the classics (like Kermit, Mickey Mouse and Snoopy) and more contemporary stars (amongst them, Sonic and Po from "Kung Fu Panda") are coming to life in NYC.

Oh, and creating fantastic photo opportunities like the worker with his popping out underneath the balloon as its being blown up.

Check out all the photos we've got of the preparation for the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

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