(28 Nov 2019) BALLOONS FLY AT MACY’S THANKSGIVING PARADE
The beloved balloons flew, if lower than usual, as New York’s annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade rolled on after an anxious weather watch Thursday.
Wind had threatened to ground the giant inflated characters from across US popular culture, with officials announcing less than an hour beforehand that the balloons could fly, if in a down-to-earth way.
Spectators lined up a half-dozen deep along the route on a breezy but beautiful fall day, with leaves and confetti swirling in the wind.
The US National Weather Service had projected sustained winds of up to 24 mph (39 kph) with gusts to 40 mph (64 kph) during the parade.
City rules require balloons to be grounded if sustained winds exceed 23 mph (37 kph) and gusts exceed 34 mph (55 kph).
The balloons have been grounded only once for weather-related reasons, in 1971.
On Thursday, Macy’s Vice President Susan Tercero made an announcement half an hour before the parade started the balloons would fly, albeit at a lower level.
The character balloons can go as high as 55 feet (16 meters) off the ground and as low as 10 feet (3 meters).
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