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November 25, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Clear skies greet Macy's Holiday Parade in downtown Seattle

Josh Hewett prepares the snow globe before the My Macy's Holiday Parade. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

The Macy's Holiday Parade in progress. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

The annual Macy’s Holiday Parade starts at 9 a.m. today at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Pine Street. The route will wrap along Pine toward Fifth Avenue, head west on University and conclude at the Macy’s store on Fourth Avenue. Keep an eye out for The Seattle Times crew, whose members will be sporting Seattle Times newspaper bags and handing out candy canes and stress squeeze balls along the parade route. At 11 a.m., “Santa” will open Santaland on the sixth floor of Macy’s. More information about Santaland hours can be found on the Macy’s site.

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Luckily for shoppers and parade-goers, the stormy weather will take a break today. It’s currently a chilly 38 degrees out, but skies are clear and the sun is shining. Showers are not expected again until tomorrow.

Tonight from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., the 161-foot high, 3,600-bulb Holiday Star will be placed on the Macy building, followed by a fireworks display if the weather continues to cooperate.

A storm of young snowflakes blow by during the My Macy's Holiday Parade

A storm of young snowflakes blow by during the My Macy's Holiday Parade. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

It's a dance party for snowmen and Christmas trees during the parade. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Spectators look on during the Macy's Holiday Parade. (Photos by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

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