High Wind in Forecast Could Mean No Big Balloons at Thanksgiving Day Parade

Photos by Stephen Harmon.

Now for some deflating news: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade could be forced to ground its large balloons on Thursday due to high winds.

The current forecast is for winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour as of 9 a.m. on Thursday, when the parade is supposed to start. Gusts could hit 40 mph. Under city regulations, balloons are not supposed to be used if the wind is blowing steadily at 23 mph or more and gusts are higher than 34 mph.

The city hasn’t made any decisions yet, and may not do so until the morning of the parade.

The executive producer of the parade, which will air live on NBC starting at 9 a.m. EST, said on TODAY Monday that it will be a wait-and-see approach as far as whether the balloons will be flown.

“It’s a little too early anyway, but we know it’s going to be a great day regardless,” Susan Tercero said. “We’re going to have the parade no matter what. The show will go on, and we still have all of our mid-size balloons as well.”

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    1. Leon says:

      That blows.

    2. AC says:

      As in the past, when it gets near or past the threshold . . . Add extra handlers/per rope, and shorten the length of the rope. This allows for more control.

      Good Luck!

    3. John says:

      If there are no floats have the rope handlers carry anti Trump and Socialist agenda messages. Will make for a Woke Holiday!

    4. BillyNYC says:

      The only time this happened was back in 1971 when the winds were over 40 miles an hour
      I remember it well…