Let's be real: All other traditions aside, nothing rings in the holiday season like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Since 1924, the annual ceremony has been thrilling children, angst-ridden teenagers, and grown-ass men alike with its heaping servings of nostalgia in the form of balloons the size of your house.

In addition to rappers, actors, and other cheery no-name float wavers, you'll also find Sonic the Hedgehog, Spider-Man, and other throwback superstars making cameos, bringing viewers back to the days when their biggest pressing issue was annihilating Dr. Robotnik. If only things were still that simple. In honor of the ceremony's 85th year, we've decided to pay homage to the best of the best fictional floating stars, ranking them in order of which most make us want to break out the Goo Punch (My Brother and Me? Anyone?) and be merry. Before you, our list of The 15 Coolest Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons.

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