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Miss USA to ride in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo waves to the audience after being crowned Miss USA during the 2012 Miss USA pageant, Sunday, June 3, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo waves to the audience after being crowned Miss USA during the 2012 Miss USA pageant, Sunday, June 3, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Miss USA Olivia Culpo will ride in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

The Cranston native tweeted Tuesday night that she's looking forward to participating in the parade, a Thanksgiving Day tradition that includes giant balloons, floats and marching bands. Culpo claimed the Miss USA crown in June, the first time anyone from Rhode Island won the title.

Culpo is preparing to represent the U.S. in the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas in December.

This is the Macy's parade's 86th year. More than three million people see it live in Manhattan, and 50 million watch it on TV.

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