Gusty winds for Wednesday night and Thursday morning threatened to ground the balloons for the first time since 1971. Per NBC News, they'll fly at a slightly lower level than usual, as it's still a breezy day, with wind of 20 to 22 m.p.h., per the NWS.
On Thursday, in a windy pickle shut to the inaugurate up of the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) route, a Nutcracker balloon knocked right into a handler, who fell down however then persisted alongside.
Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade in St. Louis on November 22, 2018.
Police made an announcement shortly before the parade started that the beloved big balloons would fly despite windy conditions. They could have been lowered to 10 feet if the winds were too strong.
Yet risky winds have wreaked havoc on the parade, when the balloons did fly.
The Green Eggs and Ham balloon joined the lineup, Smokey Bear returned for the first time since 1993, and viewers saw new versions of their favorite Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants.
A 49 feet tall Snoopy Dog balloon dressed up as an astronaut was floated along the parade road to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Three smaller balloons and an art balloon designed by artist Yayoi Kusama did not leave the staging area, according to Macy's.
The giant balloons at New York City's Thanksgiving parade are a major draw.
The parade, one of the city's most popular events, features about 8,000 marchers, two dozen floats, entertainers and marching bands, ending with an appearance from Santa Claus.
For the past year, he's been excited to play the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but he started feeling sick last Friday.
If wind speeds reach unsafe levels, the 16 helium balloons including Smokey Bear and Snoopy could be brought down to float at a lower level or taken out of the parade.
According to the National Weather Service, in the middle of the parade the wind speed was 13 miles per hour (21 km / h) with gusts of up to 32 miles per hour (51 km / h).
How high will they fly?