NEW YORK, New York – Strong winds could disappoint an estimated 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million television viewers who annually watch the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade hit the streets of New York City.
That’s because the large parade balloons will be grounded if winds exceed 23 mph or gusts of 34 mph.
NYPD will make the call of whether or not the balloons will fly on Thanksgiving morning, according to CBS New York.
Macy’s Parade Wind Forecast
According to the National Weather Service, winds are forecast to be 23 mph with 36 mph gusts at the Macy’s Parade start time of 9 a.m. which puts the balloon in jeopardy of being grounded.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Time, Hours
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23, 2019. The three-hour event will be broadcast on NBC.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Balloon Line-Up
This year, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day will feature 16 giant character balloons, 40 novelty balloons, heritage balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads, and trycaloons.
New giant character balloons joining the line-up this year include Astronaut Snoopy by Peanuts Worldwide, Green Eggs and Ham by Netflix, and SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary by Nickelodeon.
In celebration of his 75th birthday, a heritage balloon and fan-favorite will return to the Parade as Smokey Bear once again takes to the skies over Manhattan.
Returning giant balloon characters include Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Sinclair Oil’s DINO, The Elf on the Shelf, Goku, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Jett by Super Wings, Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen 2”, Chase from PAW Patrol, Pikachu from Pokémon; Pillsbury Doughboy, Power Rangers Mighty Morphin Red Ranger, Ronald McDonald, and Trolls.
Completing the inflatable lineup is the famed Aflac Duck, Sinclair Oil’s Baby DINOs and the Go Bowling balloonicles, as well as Universal Orlando Resort’s The Nutcracker.