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NEW YORK (AP) – Diana Ross may be singing "Stop the Name of the Gloves" when she finishes performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, which forecasters say could be the coldest in history.
John Legend, Martina McBride and the Muppets from "Sesame Street" are also scheduled to perform in the cold cold. Wind conditions are also expected and officials will be watching the wind to see if balloons of giant characters such as SpongeBob and Charlie Brown can fly safely.
Police say they are ready to order the 16 helium-filled balloons at a lower altitude or to be completely eliminated if sustained winds exceed 23 mph (37 km / h) and gusts exceed 34 mph (54.7 kph) . There have been setbacks and injuries in the past when the bursts have diverted them.
The National Weather Service is projecting temperatures in the low 20s (-3.9 to -6.7 degrees Celsius) and sustained winds of up to 20 mph (32.2 kph) with gusts at 30 mph (48.3 kph), just inside the safe area for that the balloons advance. fly.
Thursday has the potential to be the coldest Thanksgiving Day in New York City since 1901, when the temperature only reached 26 degrees (-3.33 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.