November 27th, 2013
07:52 AM ET

Wind Gusts Could Ground Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons

Coming up this morning on 'NewDay" – The question still stands. Will they fly the balloons the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade today?

Join us at 6am ET for the latest.


Severe winds expected in New York Thursday morning could ground Snoopy, Spongebob and all of the other Macy’s parade balloons.

While barricades and bleachers have been set up as planned, all of it could change come Thanksgiving morning if sustained winds reach at least 23 miles per hour or wind gusts top 34 miles per hour.

Macy's is saying, "Regarding the giant balloons. A determination is made on their inclusion based on real-time weather data parade morning and not forecasts, so it’s not helpful to discuss it now.

“It was a topic of discussion and concern for New York City police,” CNN’s Jason Carroll says.

“We've had several meetings, we had a meeting today on it. We have instruments that give us the cross-wind measurements,”

Commissioner Ray Kelly told the press. “We've done a lot of training on this.”

“Both city and parade officials have learned from past wind-related balloon accidents,” Carroll reports.

“In 1997, a woman spent more than three weeks in a coma after the "Cat In The Hat" balloon struck a light pole which hit her.  In 2005, two more were hurt in a similar accident involving the M&M's balloon.

Now, improved weather monitoring devices and protocols are in place along the parade route, including a police sergeant assigned to each balloon.

Parade officials will make a final decision tomorrow morning.

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