Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Everything You Need to Know

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It's official: the beloved balloons at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will fly. Messages were sent to Macy's representatives.

The fate of the balloons was uncertain in the days leading up to the holiday, as officials anxious that sustained winds would exceed 23 miles per hour or wind gusts would be stronger than 34 miles per hour.

Bad weather has only kept the Macy's balloons from flying once - in 1971.

Astronaut Snoopy, a new version of a longtime parade favorite, was among the giant inflated characters leading the lineup.

On Thursday, in a windy spot near the start of the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) route, a Nutcracker balloon knocked into a handler, who fell down but then continued along. The Grinch balloon touched some trees as he crossed the corner, drawing "oooh!"

This is the second time the Titans have gone to Detroit for the parade.

The 33-year-old dropped her first ever holiday album in October called Christmas In The City and choose to sing "Christmas in New York" for the annual event.

Joanna Mumman and her family came from Bradford County in northern Pennsylvania to revisit the parade she attended every year when she grew up in the Bronx.

"My well-liked drift, as quite one, turned into Santa Claus", said Mammen, 69. - Most of the other floats of the time, the children did not even recognize. "But it's a handsome tradition, to come out and experience the crowd".

This was the first experience of her husband, Bill. "It is the oldsters I like", he said. Turkey Tom float is pictured at the 2017 parade in New York City.

Willie Brown traveled from Dallas to glance the parade, in particular entertainers Ciara and Kelly Rowland. Seeing the struggle, the courageous parade worker woman rushed to the supersized balloon with help only to be whacked by the side of the inflatable's white hair. "You grew up seeing glimpses on TV, but I knew that was what I needed to experience".

The Macy's website features a full list of giant balloons that will be included in the parade, weather permitting, and a list of performers and marching bands that will be a part of the show.

The parade kicked off Thursday morning with a performance by the Broadway cast of "Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations".

The persona balloons can stagger as excessive as 55 toes (16 meters) off the ground and as low as 10 toes (3 meters).

The wind regulations were put in place after four people were injured by a Cat in the Hat balloon during a particularly windy Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1997.

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