Thanksgiving Day in New York this year is expected to miss one of the major events. And the reason isn’t anything political or otherwise. If you are annoyed, you would need to blame it on the weather.
Yes, we are referring to the 16 giant balloons that have formed part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The authorities have decided to cancel this year’s plans for the iconic balloons. The regulations have made it clear that the balloons cannot be flown if the winds exceed the speed of 23 mph. These regulations were formulated in 1998 after one of the balloons in 1997 had injured four people due to heavy winds.
The weather conditions forecast during the parade read 22 mph and gust of 39 mph. The winds may not exceed the regulation, but the gusts exceed the set regulations at 34 mph. Perhaps, the officials will keep checking the status of the weather conditions and take a call only after they reach a conclusion based on the monitoring.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving day falls on November 28 this year and we would expect the authorities to take a call by Thursday. The last time the Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons were grounded were in 1971.
If the balloons do not take off this year, it would indeed be a huge disappointment for the people who specifically gather to witness it.