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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: NYPD says balloons are 'clear for take-off'

New York City officials say the balloons will start in the air, just "a little lower" than normal, at the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
A volunteer shoulders a helium hose as balloons are inflated Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, the day before the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials say the balloons will start in the air, just "a little lower" than normal, at the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Parade officials and New York City police are keeping an eye on wind gauges along the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) parade route that snakes through Manhattan.

If wind speeds reach dangerous levels, the 16 helium balloons including Smokey Bear and Snoopy could be brought down to float at a lower level or taken out of the parade.

The National Weather Service is projecting sustained winds of up to 24 mph (39 kph) with gusts to 40 mph (64 kph) during the parade.

Click here to see a list of this year's floats and special performances.