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Heavy winds could ground Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade balloons

The NYPD will monitor wind gusts and make the appropriate decisions

91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

We’re less than 24 hours away from the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and tonight’s balloon inflation night at the American Museum of Natural History, where the parade’s 16 character balloons and nearly 30 legacy balloons get prepped for the big day.

There’s always one uncontrollable circumstance that could put a dent in the Thanksgiving Day parade and that is weather. With the National Weather Service forecasting a high of just 26 degrees and wind gusts as high as 29 mph, there’s a chance that balloons could be grounded during the parade, in the event of heavy winds, reports amNewYork.

The NYPD will rely on devices along the parade route that monitor wind speeds and will be prepared to order balloon handlers to lower or remove the balloons from the air as deemed necessary. During a press conference, NYPD Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison said that should wind gusts reach 34 miles per hour, the NYPD will make the call to ground the balloons.

Per amNewYork, the last time balloons were grounded due to heavy wind was in 1971.