If Penn's station on Thanksgiving is the worst place to be, then the Upper West Side may have been the best place, because thousands of people crowded anxiously on the streets to take a look at the balloons on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The executive producer of the parade, Susan Tercero, said: "It's just building in advance for the parade, everyone is out here, to see it!"
The crews began to prepare the 16 balloons of giant characters, as well as the dozens of smaller balloons for the big show at 1 p.m., inflating and securing them, given the projections of strong gusts of wind. John Piper, vice president of Macy's Parade Studio, told us that he and his team of managers discussed it this morning, and "took into consideration that the winds could also increase during the night, and that the balloons have to stay here. " ! "
Piper pointed West Central Street towards Central Park West and said: "So if you look down the street, you will see that we are not just placing the balloons and making sure that the sandbags are all close and stuck to the network, and we are also tying the anchors we have prepared on the sides of the streets, so we have everything buttoned. "
"In the morning, the pilots and the captains will tell the drivers that we will hold them very close to the waist," Piper added. "Every time we get to an intersection, we'll make sure it's clear so we never stop at an intersection." The NYC intersections are wind tunnels! "" Then, when we advance, we move to the windward side and go out. and straighten again. That is something that we practice in our workouts. In the costume area, everyone will make sure the handlers have extra layers and hand warmers ready, ready for a parade in New York. "