Balloons scheduled to fly at Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade despite projected strong winds

Credit: Bob D'Angelo/Cox Media Group

Credit: Bob D'Angelo/Cox Media Group

Despite forecasts of strong winds, the famous giant balloons will be flying at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, authorities said.

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The New York City Police Department tweeted early Thursday that the 16 helium balloons -- including familiar faces like Snoopy and Smokey the Bear -- were given the all-clear to fly, WPIX reported.

The National Weather Service projected sustained winds of up to 24 mph with gusts to 40 mph during the parade, the television station reported.

Balloons are prohibited from flying if sustained winds exceed 23 mph or if gusts top 34 mph, WABC reported. If winds exceed those levels, balloons will be walked through the streets of Manhattan, the television station reported.

The parade was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. EST.

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