NYPD commander optimistic weather won’t ground Macy’s Parade

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It looks like the iconic balloons of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be allowed to take to the skies.

Technicians wear rain suits while inflating the Macy’s Parade Aflac balloon on Wednesday in New York. — Photo by The Associated Press

NYPD Chief of Patrol James Hall says Thursday’s weather forecast “looks very good.”

The characters that glide between Manhattan’s skyscrapers can’t lift off if sustained winds exceed 23 mp/h and gusts top

34 mp/h.

That’s because of city rules enacted after fierce winds in 1997 caused a Cat in the Hat balloon to topple a light pole and seriously injure a spectator.

The NYPD, the National Weather Service and Macy’s representatives will make a final determination in the morning.

This year’s balloons include SpongeBob SquarePants, Snoopy, Spider-Man and a 47-foot hot air balloon displaying the faces of characters from the classic film “The Wizard of Oz.”

Organizations: National Weather Service

Geographic location: Manhattan

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