NEW YORK (November 28, 2013) The big balloons soared along with the crowd's spirits as the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade made its way through the streets of New York City.
There were concerns about whether the wind would keep 16 giant balloons grounded Thursday, but wind speeds were below acceptable limits and police gave organizers the OK to let the balloons fly.
The balloon handlers were keeping a tight grip on their inflated characters, though, because the wind was around 26 miles per hour.
The cheering throngs were bundled against a 30-degree chill, but the sun was shining.
People lifted small children onto their shoulders.
Lily Thomolaris, 9, of Pittsburgh said she was excited to "see all the balloons," but she especially thought a big turkey was really cool.