Spectators refuse to let the low temperatures hold back the observation of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, breaking the blankets and sleeping bags to watch the giant balloons go by.
Tony Stout camped with his extended family from 2 a.m. to make sure they had a good view of their son, who would be in the parade with the marching band from Ohio State University. They traveled from Columbus, Ohio, to the parade.
"Ohhh, I'm freezing and numb, but excited," he said.
Meteorologists say it could be the coldest Thanksgiving Day in more than a century on Thursday, with the National Weather Service projecting temperatures in the low 20s (-4 to -7 degrees Celsius) and sustained winds of up to 20 mph ( 32 kph) with gusts for 30 mph (48 kph), just inside the safe area so that the balloons can fly.
City officials said the 16 balloons of giant characters such as SpongeBob and Charlie Brown could fly safely, although their height would be adjusted if necessary.
Diana Ross, John Legend, Martina McBride and the Muppets from "Sesame Street" are scheduled to perform in the freezing cold.
Thursday has the potential to be the coldest Thanksgiving Day in New York City since 1901, when the temperature only reached 26 degrees (-3.3 degrees Celsius). The coldest recorded was in 1871, when the warmest was 22 degrees (-5.5 degrees Celsius).
The Macy's parade did not begin until 1924.
New York City has issued an extreme cold weather alert and is urging everyone out to wear hats, scarves, gloves and layered clothing, and to cover their fingertips, earlobes and hairline. nose to prevent freezing.
Police commissioner James O & Neil said that thousands of officers will be stationed along the parade route. They include counterterrorism teams with long weapons, plainclothes officers mixed with the crowd and a new team of K-9 teams that can detect explosives a few hundred feet away.
The parade runs 46 blocks from the west side of Central Park to Macy's main store in downtown Manhattan.
The parade has around 8,000 protesters, including high school bands from all over the country, and two dozen floats that culminate with the arrival of Santa Claus. The performances will be shown on the NBC broadcast, which begins at 9 a.m. ITS T.
Ross, 74, will perform a song from his new Christmas album and join his float with some of his family members, including daughter Tracee Ellis Ross, a "Black-ish" star on ABC and the actor and actor Evan Ross.
Others in the lineup are Bad Bunny, Kane Brown and Ella Mai, Pentatonix, Rita Ora, Sugarland, Anika Noni Rose, Barenaked Ladies, Leona Lewis, Ally Brooke of Fifth Harmony, Bazzi, Ashley Tisdale and Carly Pearce.