The fans of the Thanksgiving Parade are wrapped in a bitter cold

adminNovember 23, 2018




Thanksgiving Parade

The musicians play as they move down Sixth Avenue during the 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, November 22, 2018. Image: AP / Andres Kudacki

5:30 pm.

Macy's apologies for the "technical difficulties" after fans who watched the Thanksgiving Day Parade attacked singer Rita Ora for what they saw as an uncomfortable lip synch.

The British singer appeared desynchronized with the voices that the audience heard during parts of her televised performance of "Let You Love Me". The episode triggered a wave of online comments.

Macy apologized on Thursday night, and tweeted that "several recording artists experienced technical difficulties that negatively affected their performance."

Ora tweeted thanks to Macy for "honesty."

In another moment that drew attention, a performance of the Broadway musical "The Prom" included a kiss between two members of the female cast. The producers told Entertainment Weekly that it was the "first LGBTQ kiss of the parade."

The representatives of Macy's and the NBCUniversal radio station have not responded immediately to the questions.

3:45 p.m.

The balloons flew lower than normal, the artists bundled up and the spectators wore blankets and sleeping bags, but the stormy cold did not quench the excitement at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Giant balloons by Charlie Brown, Sponge Bob and other beloved characters were allowed to take off just before the parade began in the midst of some of the coldest temperatures in its history. The event dates from 1924.

Temperatures were around 21 degrees (-6 degrees Celsius) and punctuated by bitter wind.

There were concerns that the winds would encourage the officers to ground the large helium balloons, but they were finally allowed to fly. Some, however, floated a few feet above their handlers.

Crowds of spectators put on capes and blankets to watch the balloons, bands and floats with artists such as Diana Ross, John Legend and Martina McBride.

11:50 a.m.

The balloons and bands are braving the windy cold to make their way through Manhattan for the Macy's Day of Thanksgiving Parade.

The giant balloons of Charlie Brown, Sponge Bob and others were allowed to take off just before the parade began with some of the coldest temperatures in the history of the event.

The 21 degrees (-6 degrees Celsius) at first made it one of the coldest Thanksgiving days in the city in decades.

Some of the balloons flew a few feet above the people holding their bonds. The outstretched hand of the balloon of the "Diary of a little boy" seemed to hit some of its manipulators on their heads covered with woolen hats.

Passersby refused to allow low temperatures to slow down the parade, breaking blankets and sleeping bags.

8:40 a.m.

Spectators are braving the cold with blankets and sleeping bags to make sure they see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

They are lined up on Thursday along the parade route despite the cold temperatures.

Meteorologists say it could be the coldest day in the history of the parade.

The New York Police Department says that the wind conditions are good enough to allow balloons of giant characters such as SpongeBob and Charlie Brown to fly safely.

Among the scheduled artists are Diana Ross, John Legend and Martina McBride.

Tony Stout camped with his extended family from 2 a.m. to make sure they got a good view of their son, who was participating in the parade with the marching band from Ohio State University.

He says he is "frozen and numb, but excited."

1:18 a.m.

Diana Ross could be singing "stop! In The Name of Gloves "when he finished performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Meteorologists say it could be the coldest day in the history of the parade.

John Legend, Martina McBride and the Muppets from "Sesame Street" are also scheduled to perform in the cold cold.

Officials will watch 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 land them completely if it's too windy.

There have been setbacks and injuries in the past when the bursts have diverted them.

Other artists include Bad Bunny, Kane Brown, Pentatonix, Sugarland and Barenaked Ladies. DC

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