Weather woes: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade might not fly its iconic balloons this year due to strong winds

November 25, 2019

It’s a time-honored tradition for many to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but this year it could be missing a key element: its 16 giant character balloons.

Officials in New York City may have to ground the iconic balloons due to windy conditions. They cannot be flown when sustained winds exceed 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph, per city regulations.

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