New Yorkers bundled up as they watched iconic floats and performances in Thursday’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade – proving that the cold never bothered them anyway.
Millions cozied up as they watched fantastic musical numbers kick off the parade as it made its way through Manhattan’s streets.
Dozens of marching bands and performances are making the 92nd annual parade one to remember, with special appearances from Diana Ross, John Legend, Bad Bunny, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ella Mai, Martina McBride, Sugarland, Bare Naked Ladies, Pentatonix, Rita Ora, Anika Noni Rose, Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Tisdale, Kane Brown, Fifth Harmony, Tina Fey, the Muppets from ‘Sesame Street and more.
The parade features 16 massive balloons and 26 large floats. It also includes a dozen marching bands and more than 20 music acts.
Tom Turkey – which kicked off the parade in Midtown – was actually built around a Toyota Ram truck this year for the first time. It is usually pulled by willing participants and was introduced into the parade in 1971.
92nd annual Macy’s Day Parade kicked off on Thursday as millions bundled up to enjoy the holiday’s festivities
Millions cozied up to each other as they watched fantastic musical numbers kick off the parade as it made its way through Manhattan’s streets
Thursday’s forecast showed a high of 27 degrees and lows of 19 degrees, with winds blowing up to 25mph and gusts up to 30mph, marking New York City’s coldest Thanksgiving in over a century
John Legend and Rita Ora were just some of the celebrity acts that performed during the parade
Diana Ross dazzles at the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thursday’s forecast showed a high of 27 degrees and lows of 19degrees, with winds blowing up to 25mph and gusts up to 30mph, marking New York City’s coldest Thanksgiving in over a century.
The last time Turkey day was this cold was more than a century ago on November 28, 1901, when temperatures were a freezing 26 degrees, according to ABC7’s Accuweather-Alert. . Temperatures in 1871 were as low as 15 degrees with a high of 22.
The NYPD also said that they were prepared to order the massive helium-filled balloons to a lower altitude or removed if winds exceed 23mph, which they are expected to.
Oven ready! People try to stay warm in their turkey costumes adorned with Christmas accessories
You have the right to remain happy! A fun clown police officer poses in front of actual policeman at the parade
Pilgrims sit on top of the turkey float as the parade kicks off
A young spectator braves the harsh cold as she watches the parade
‘If we have to call an audible on the day of, and make an adjustment, we’ll do so,’ Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison said at a Wednesday press conference. ‘Thirty-four mile per hour wind gusts is when we say, “OK, we gotta bring it all the way down to the ground.”‘
Following an increase in high profile domestic terrorist attacks last year, the parade beefed up security to ensure that everyone could enjoy the festivities.
This year was no different as officers walked with loaded weapons and guard dogs as they patrolled the city.
Following an increase in high profile domestic terrorist attacks last year, the parade beefed up security to ensure that everyone could have a blast during the festivities
Throughout New York City, security bars could be seen blocking access to mailboxes and trash disposals in an effort to curb any possible bombs
Staying warm: Some families enjoyed the parade from the comfort of their own homes and the heat
Ronald McDonald and Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s Greg Heffley make there way past the Trump International Hotel
Throughout New York City, security bars could be seen blocking access to mailboxes and trash disposals in an effort to curb any possible bombs.
K-9 units could be seen throughout the city and were capable of sniffing out potential trouble from up to a few hundred feet away.
The parade began at 9am on Thursday, with marching bands, performers from Broadway hits, elaborate floats and signature giant balloons.
Chase from Paw Patrol made his second trip – along with Jett from Super Wings and Olaf from Frozen – to the parade as one of the massive floats that dazzled the city.
Gotta catch em all! Pikachu electrifies a crowd as it makes its way downtown
Chase – the German Shepherd puppy from Paw Patrol – made an early arrival to the parade
Clowning away! These goofy ladies were ready to enjoy their time
Sunny side up! A performer wearing an egg costume is showered with funfetti
A Red Ranger is ready to punch his way through the parade
The Fred Estaire Dance Company made its first appearance to the parade and honored the classic musician.
Various celebrities – including Jennifer Lopez Sterling K. Brown, Howie Mandel, Jennifer Hudson and more – shared little tidbits about their own traditions with Thanksgiving and the parade.
Many on social media took issue with Rita Ora’s performance as she appeared to be lip syncing. John Legend came to her defense and revealed that everyone was lip syncing because the floats ‘don’t have the capacity to handle the sound requirements for a live performance.’
The parade has been held annually since 1924, and has featured large balloons since 1931.
It travels for 46 blocks, making its way from Central Park West all the way down to midtown Manhattan.
Charlie Brown, the kid that never gives up, is pulled along the route of the parade
Former hockey players Mike Richter (New York Rangers) and Bernie Parent (Philadelphia Flyer) pose for a photo on the 2018 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown Float
Many on social media took issue with Rita Ora’s performance as she appeared to be lip syncing
ohn Legend came to her defense and revealed that everyone was lip syncing because the floats ‘don’t have the capacity to handle the sound requirements for a live performance’
High winds have forced the balloons to be removed from the route just once, in 1971, when winds gusted up to 45 miles per hour.
In 1997, high winds forced the character balloons to be carried very close to the ground, limiting the view of spectators.
Rules changes eliminated larger balloons from subsequent parades after the 1997 fiasco.
Injuries also occurred at the parade in 1993 and 2005, both times when balloons struck lamp posts or street lights.
Wednesday setup included practice runs with the floats – the Afleck one is pictured – to ensure that they would be fine
Wednesday preparation for the parade
A Pikachu float gets ready to make its debut on Wendesday