Thousands of people travel to New York City in the early morning of Thanksgiving Day to watch Macy’s famous Thanksgiving Day parade, but this year many felt that their travels may have been for nothing because of the weather reports that was thought to prevent the parade’s balloons from flying.
The weather reports claimed to be cold, but with gusty winds between 15 to 25MPH. If they wind was to exceed pass 25MPH, then the balloons would not be allowed to fly, due to a restriction set in 1998. The previous year in 1997, there was a balloon accident during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. There was a Cat in the Hat balloon that went out of control due to gusty winds. The balloon hit a light pole that caused numerous injuries, including a parade patron who was hit and went into a long time coma. Then, in 2005 windy conditions caused another incident when a M&M went out of control, hitting a street light and injuring two sisters.
To avoid another catastrophe, Macy’s made sure to stay alert on the weather conditions and informing the public on what they planned to do. When the day came, the sky was bright, the sun was shining, it was still cold, but very little wind. With those conditions, the parade marched on with 900 clowns, 11 marching bands, 1,600 cheerleaders, 30 floats and of course 15 signature balloons.
- Wind could ground Macy’s parade balloons in NYC (usatoday.com)
- Balloons to fly at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade- PHOTOS: 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (foxnews.com)
- [Balloons will not fly at the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York if sustained winds exc (onenewspage.us)