Despite wind, balloons fly at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade

Crowds gather to see giant character balloons being inflated the night before their appearance in the 92nd Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade Wednesday Nov. 21 2018 in New York

'No one else is singing live for the Macy's parade except Kelly Clarkson, actual queen. Earlier this week Macy's tweeted a look at the balloon's design, which was created with Toei Animation.

Thanksgiving 2018 is upon us, and it's an icy one for people living in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

According to the musical's producers, this is the first LGBTQ kiss in the parade's history.

There had been concern heavy winds might force the balloons to fly at a lower altitude or be removed entirely out of fears that they can be blown off course, which has resulted in injuries in the past.

Tony Stout camped out with his extended family since 2 a.m.to make sure they got a good view of his son, who was participating in the parade with The Ohio State University marching band.

Macy's estimates that there will be more than 3.5 million parade spectators watching in New York City and more than 50 million viewers watching from home.

In another moment that got attention, a performance from the Broadway musical "The Prom" included a kiss between two female cast members.

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Even with all the handlers, Goku briefly met his match when a strong gust of wind almost blew the giant balloon away early this morning. Dolly Parton once ruffled my hair and said I was "just the cutest thing ever".

They'll be joined by 12 marching bands, 26 floats, and musicians like John Legend, Rita Ora, and Diana Ross.

The coldest on record was in 1871, when the warmest the city got was -5.5 C.

According to Macy's, Goku is 17.07m tall and as wide as seven taxis, an enjoyably specific unit of measurement I'd like to see used for other things.

The Daily Mail says that the NYPD will be using seven anemometers measuring wind speed all throughout the parade route to alert officials when there are gusts of 23 miles per hour, at which time they will have to lower the large balloons.

The parade starts at 9 a.m. EST, with step-off at Central Park West and West 77th Street and making it's way to midtown, ending at 34th Street and 6th Avenue (here's the parade route).

"Featuring an unbelievable line-up of high flying balloons, dazzling animated floats, world-class marching bands and performance groups, the nation's top music artists, and of course, the one-and-only Santa Claus, the Macy's Parade will once again herald the arrival of the holiday season".

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