25th annual Stamford parade features giant balloons, musical performances

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The 25th annual Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular kicked off on Sunday.

Thousands of parents and children showed up to see the parade's 14 giant balloons, despite the cold weather.

Some of the character balloons included Elmo, Big Bird, Shrek and SpongeBob.

The event also featured 11 award-winning marching bands and other entertainment.

Organizers say the parade kicks off the holidays and brings people together.

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