Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons Might Be Grounded This Year – Find Out Why!

Every year, it’s an annual tradition to see various floats and balloons glide through New York City during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

However, this year, all 16 helium filled balloons may be grounded due to excessive sustained winds that are predicted to exceed 22 miles per hour, with gusts expected to exceed 39 miles per hour. No official decision has been made as of yet.

Back in 1997, the Cat in the Hat balloon actually ended up injuring four people over very windy conditions, similar to those being predicted for this coming Thursday (November 28). In 1998, the city instituted new policies that balloons may not be flown with winds over 23 miles per hour and gusts of over 34 miles per hour, CNN reports.

The last time the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons were grounded due to weather was all the way back in 1971.

Here’s a fun fact about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performances that you might not have known!

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