Recession or no, rain or shine, nothing can rattle the time-honored tradition of Thanksgiving Day parades. Heading up the festivities as usual is the 83rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan, which is passing through a new route this year, its first time ever not going down Broadway. Many other U.S. cities play host to their own parades, and Philadelphia lays claim to the oldest, celebrating its 90th year today. The floats are a mix of new (think Spongebob) and classic (think Snoopy), a spectacle described by one onlooker in New York as “totally worth” the crowds. “When you watch it on TV, you don’t get that feeling,” he said.