NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is set to roll Thursday morning, but before the balloons take center stage someone has to blow them all up.
As CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock reported, it’s a tradition of its own on the Upper West Side right outside the Museum of Natural History.READ MORE: Woman Collapses, Dies While Climbing Stairs To 19th-Floor Apartment During Power Outage In Co-Op City
By Wednesday afternoon, several balloons were already dancing along West 77th Street, with dozens more to go.
Fan favorites Snoopy and Woodstock were the first to be inflated by crews decked out in necessary rain gear.
“My favorite balloon is Snoopy,” said 8-year-old Skyelar Weiss.
“(What’s the cooled balloon here?) I think maybe the snoopy,” said 9-year-old Ashley Freedland.
And the cold, damp and dreary weather didn’t stop droves of fans from making it to the Macy’s inflation celebration destination, Murdock reported.
“(Murdock: You look forward to this all year?) We do! We moved here about four years ago from downtown and it was just a bonus. We didn’t know that we would have this perk, I guess, of living on the block,” one Upper West Side resident said.