Despite Extremely Cold Winds, Balloons Fly at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
By Cecilio Leacock IBexclusive News Thursday, November 22, 2018.
(IBEXNews) - Giant balloons floated through the streets of Manhattan after they were cleared to fly in the 92nd edition of the iconic holiday event. Millions lined the streets to watch the giant balloons, floats, marching bands from around the country, whimsical performance groups, music's biggest stars and the one-and-only Santa Claus.
"Parade's a go, the winds are cooperating, so all the balloons are going to be at their regular heights. It will be a great day for everyone," Police Commissioner James O'Neill said.
Since November of 1924, the Macy's Parade has become synonymous with the start of the holiday season.
For the 92nd edition, the line-up featured 16 giant character balloons; 43 novelty balloons, heritage balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; and 12 marching bands.
More than 3.5 million spectators lined the streets to witness the event with millions more who watched on television and streaming devices.
The low temperature Thanksgiving morning was 19 degrees in Central Park. That ties November 28, 1901 and November 30, 1876 for the second coldest low temperature for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
The coldest low of 15 degrees happened back on November 30, 1871.
Four new floats debuted including Elf Pets by The Elf on the Shelf, Fantasy Chocolate Factory by Kinder (Ashley Tisdale), Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Nickelodeon (Jack & Jack) and Splashing Safari Adventure by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions (Ella Mai).
We saw a preview of those new floats earlier this month.
The Parade's signature balloons have featured some of the world's most beloved characters. Joining the giant character balloon line-up this year was the famed Saiyan warrior Goku from "Dragon Ball Super: Broly."
Here is this year's list of balloons:
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID
THE ELF ON THE SHELF
DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY'S GOKU
ILLUMINATION PRESENTS DR. SEUSS' THE GRINCH
JETT BY SUPER WINGS
RED MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGER
TOOTHLESS (HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON)
FLECK, BJORN, JOJO AND HUGG (NETFLIX'S "THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES")
SUNNY THE SNOWPAL
THE AFLAC DUCK
ARRTIE, THE PIRATE
PILGRIM MAN & WOMAN BALLOONHEADS MAMA
PAPA & BABY BALLOONHEADS