The Macy's Day of Thanksgiving Parade might not be a nightmare after all

adminNovember 22, 2018

Snoopy, Charlie Brown and even the Grinch may have a lot to be thankful for this year.

It seems the Thursday winds will not be strong enough to grind the balloons on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, although the margins are very thin.

The forecast is for sustained winds of 12 to 25 mph and gusts of up to 35 mph. If sustained winds exceed 23 miles per hour and gusts exceed 34 miles per hour, none of the 16 balloons this year and almost 30 legacy balloons will be able to fly over the 2.65-mile route in Central Park West, Sixth Avenue and West 34th Street

"It's going to be very close to that threshold, probably right under it," said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dave Dombek.

The parade, a tradition since 1924, will feature 1,500 dancers and cheerleaders, nearly 1,000 clowns, Broadway artists, including actors from "Mean Girls" and "My Fair Lady", and celebrities such as John Legend, Kelly Clarkson and Diana Ross.

But they will be cold. The winds will make temperatures in the mid-20s that numb the bones feel even more brutal so it will probably be the coldest day of Turkey in the Big Apple in more than a century.

The forecast is on the cusp of the record set in 1901, when it was 19 degrees in Central Park. The last time the balloons were grounded due to strong winds was in 1971.

At the balloon inflation ceremony Wednesday night near the Natural History Museum, New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill said the police would be watching the winds up close.

"We will just have to knock down the balloons" if the wind passes dangerous levels, he said, urging New Yorkers to "think positive".

Thousands of people wandered through the Upper West Side Museum to catch a glimpse of a giant of SpongeBob Square Pant, Ronald McDonald and Olaf of "Frozen," as they filled with air in preparation for the Thanksgiving festivities.

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