Sixteen giant balloons are flying high over the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York after predicted high winds failed to materialize Thursday.
Officials made the decision to allow the balloons to sail just as the parade kicked off in Manhattan at 9 a.m. ET. The day is clear and cold, but not windy.
Parade organizers were cautious because several people have been injured in the past when gusts have blown balloons off course.
"We have a sergeant assigned to each of the balloons," New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly
told CNN Thursday about the precautions being taken to insure no one gets hurt this year. "They can be lowered all the way to the ground."
The parade features thousands of marchers from around the United States. The casts of Broadway's "Kinky Boots," "Matilda" and "Pippin" have already performed, as well as the stars of the upcoming TV staging of "The Sound of Music."
Original headline: Giant balloons fly high at Thanksgiving parade in New York
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