Michael Douglas plays doting Dad with two youngest children at star-studded Thanksgiving Day Parade

When they are relegated to the audience, only front-row seats will do.

Perched on balconies and leaning from windows, celebrities watched from on high as the 83rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade made its way through the streets of New York.

Michael Douglas was there with his two young children, along with Sting's wife Trudie Styler, Antonio Banderas and his wife Melanie Griffith.

Sixty-foot high balloons of cartoon characters soared between the buildings as tourists from across the country lined up to catch a glimpse of the parade.

Michael Douglas and Carys Zeta Douglas

Family outing: Michael Douglas cuddles Carys, his six-year-old daughter with Catherine Zeta-Jones, as they watch the Thanksgiving Parade in New York

Michael Douglas and Carys Zeta Douglas

Hugs all round: The youngster and her older brother Dylan were delighted by the parade of cartoon ballons

The extravaganza also featured marching bands, clowns and performers.

The parade is a traditional part of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.

Michael Douglas, his daughter Carys, six, and son Dylan, nine, joined friends on a balcony to watch the parade which passed through the main streets of the city as well as Times Square.

Antonio Banderas is spotted with his wife Melanie Griffith, daughter Stella and mother in law Tippi Hedren

Snap happy: Antonio Banderas films the parade from the window of an apartment in New York City yesterday

Antonio Banderas is spotted with his wife Melanie Griffith, daughter

Melanie Griffith waves to the crowds and she and her husband relax at their window far above

Elsewhere, Antonio Banderas was gleefully at the other end of the camera, filming the parade as it passed below.

He and wife Melanie Griffith watched from their window and waved at the crowds.

Sting's wife Trudie Styler and son Giacomo, 14, were also transfixed by the parade.

Some celebrities even got in on the action, with singer Cyndi Lauper riding on one of the floats making its way through the city.

Trudi Styler

Watching from above: Trudie Styler and her son Giacomo enjoy the parade

Cyndi Lauper

Girls just wanna have fun: Cyndi Lauper joins the parade on a pink-themed float

The holiday is an annual celebration of the first harvest feast of English pilgrims in 1621.

Traditionally it is a day for forgetting business and commerce before the spending of Black Friday when many shops offer their biggest discounts of the year.

But some stores had already started their sales yesterday because of the economic gloom.

Buzz Lightyear

To infinity and beyond: Buzz Lightyear soars above the streets of New York during the parade

A Shrek balloon makes its way across 42nd street

Pull the ogre one: A Shrek balloon makes its way across 42nd street

Mickey Mouse balloon makes its way down Seventh Ave

Hello down there: A  Mickey Mouse balloon looms over Seventh Avenue

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