Despite earlier concerns about the wind, the balloons flew as planned for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday.
The iconic characters can’t lift off Thursday if sustained winds exceed 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph.
Children of the 1980s will get a nostalgic reminder of that era’s Saturday morning cartoons later this month, as Hello Kitty and Papa Smurf appear in giant balloon form in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
A nationwide helium shortage could cause parties to fall flat, as some shoppers have begun to see limits on the number of balloons that they can purchase.
Watching the balloons being inflated has become as big a Thanksgiving tradition as the parade itself.
The storm that is blowing through the Tri-State area is expected to leave behind some blustery winds Thanksgiving morning, threatening to ground the magical Macy’s giant balloons.
The outage affected 5,200 customers, had police manually directing traffic, and forced a casino hotel tower to use an emergency generator.
A lot of people saw it, but no one’s quite sure what it was. We’re talking about something in the sky spotted over Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon.