Bystanders refuse to allow cold temperatures to obscure the watching of the Thanksgiving Day Parade at Macy's, pulling out blankets and sleeping bags to watch giant balloons.
Tony Stout camped with his extended family from 2 am to make sure that they have a good look at his son, who will be in parade with the marching band at Ohio State University. They set off from Columbus, Ohio, for the parade.
“Oh, I was cold and numb, but agitated,” he said.
Projections say it can be the coldest Thanksgiving for more than a century on Thursday, with the National Meteorological Service forecasting temperatures at low 20 s (from -4 to -7 Celsius) and steady winds at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour (32 km / h) with gusts up to 30 miles per hour (48 km / h), only inside the safe zone for balloons.
City officials said that 16 giant balloons, such as SpongeBob and Charlie Brown, can fly safely, although their height will be adjusted if necessary.
Diana Ross, John Legend, Martina McBride and Muppets from Sesame Street plan to perform in a cold cold.
Thursday has the potential to become the coldest day in New York since 1901, when the temperature reaches only 26 degrees (-3.3 degrees Celsius). The coldest in the record was in 1871, when the warmest was 22 degrees (-5.5 Celsius).
The Maki Parade did not begin until 1924.
New York issued an extreme cold weather and urged someone to go outside to wear hats, scarves, gloves and layered clothing and keep fingertips, earlobes and noses covered to prevent frostbite.
Police Commissioner James O'Neal said that thousands of thousands of officers will be stationed along the main route. They include counterterrorism teams with long guns, plain-clothes officers mixed with the crowd, and a new K-9 squad that can sniff out explosives from a distance of several hundred feet.
The parade takes place 46 blocks from the west side of Central Park to Macy’s flagship store in downtown Manhattan.
The parade includes about 8,000 participants, including high school groups from across the country, and two dozen floats, culminating in the arrival of Santa Claus. The performances will be shown on the NBC television program, which will begin at 9:00 am EST.
Ross, 74, will perform the song from her new Christmas album and will join her with her fleet by her family members, including daughter Tracey Ellis Ross, the star of ABC's “Black-ish” and actor son Evan Ross.
Others include Bad Bunny, Kane Brown and Ella Mai, Pentatonix, Rita Ora, Sugarland, Anika Noni Rose, Barened Lady, Leona Lewis, Fifth Harmony Trampoline, Bazzi, Ashley Tisdale and Carly Pierce.