Every year on the last Thursday of November, millions of families and friends come together to celebrate the fall holiday, Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a holiday wrapped up in traditional festivities. Whether it's watching the beloved National Dog Show, participating in the Turkey Trot through your town, or spending the day preparing a delicious meal for your friends and family, nothing says “Thanksgiving” like the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Each Thanksgiving since 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade has been shared with millions as a way to bring in the Holiday. Starting promptly at 9 a.m. EST, massive floats of beloved movie and television characters made their way through the bustling streets of New York City.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a beloved holiday festivity shared with families, friends, and businesses alike. Every year, it’s estimated that more than 50 million people tune into the event in hopes of seeing their favorite character in the form of a massive float making its way through the streets of NYC.
The floats are perhaps one of the most iconic features in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Since 1927, the parade has featured balloons as its main event. In some cases, the balloons have been known to be several stories high. Maneuvered with the help of several volunteers, the massive floats and balloons make their way down the streets.
As one of the most traditional festivities for millions of Americans each year, fans and watchers are heartbroken to hear that the parade and floats may not happen for the 2018 parade.
Just the day before the parade was to take place, it was discovered that the weather on the day of the parade was to include high winds. Given the enormous size of the floats, wind plays one of the largest factors in the parade.
According to the Daily Mail, the NYPD will be measuring wind speed along the parade route in Manhattan on Thursday. The NYPD has announced that the balloons will be lowered in wind gusts of 23mph and grounded at 34mph. As of 4:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, weather forecasts were predicting wind gusts up to 30mph.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison shared that he would not know for sure if the balloons could float until the day of. He said, 'If we have to call an audible on the day of and make an adjustment, we'll do so. Thirty-four mile per hour wind gusts is when we say, 'OK, we gotta bring it all the way down to the ground.’”
While this may sound unnecessary, strong winds combined with massive balloons can become a very dangerous situation. In 1997, heavy winds caused a ‘Cat In The Hat’ balloon to crash into a light pole, causing the light pole to fall onto a woman. The woman suffered a fractured skull and remained in a coma for over a month.
If you’re a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade fan, please say a prayer for the weather on the day of the parade. There are believed to be winds of at least 30mph with temperatures in the low 20’s. We hope the volunteers and police officers are safe in NYC and we can’t wait to see the parade from our cozy kitchens on Thanksgiving. Will you be watching the parade? If so, what characters are you hoping to see?