A new balloon by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama that's called Love Flies Up to the Sky did not fly in Thursday's parade. Messages were sent to Macy's representatives.
The National Weather Service had projected sustained winds of up to 24 miles per hour with gusts to 40 miles per hour during the parade. The Grinch balloon touched some trees as he crossed the corner, drawing "oooh!"
For the fourth year, Macy's, along with NBCUniversal and Verizon, will give viewers an up close and personal second screen experience of the parade with a 360-degree livestream on Verizon's YouTube page.
Balloon handlers and a specially trained NYPD sergeant were on hand during the parade to monitor wind gusts and determine the safest course, respectively. They will be flying at lower levels.
Not all of the balloons completed the parade. "You develop up seeing glimpses on TV, however it completely's something I knew I mandatory to trip".
For the 93edition, the lineup will feature 16 giant character balloons; 40 novelty balloons, heritage balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; and 11 marching bands.