Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade coldest on record

The previous record-low for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade was 21 degrees, recorded in 1930, 1938 and 1972.

Diana RossThe annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade broke a record this year – according to the National Weather Service, temps Thursday morning at Central Park dropped to a chilly 19 degrees, tying the 2nd coldest low temps for Thanksgiving Holiday.

The cold temps didn’t discourage hundreds of onlookers who were there to watch the annual parade make its way through Manhattan’s 46 blocks, from the west side of Central Park to Macy’s flagship store in midtown Manhattan.

This year, some 8,000 marchers participated, including high school bands hailing from schools across the country as two-dozen floats moved past the cheering crowds trying to stay warm in the frigid temps.

NWS New The low temp this AM at Central Park was 19° tying Nov 28, 1901 & Nov 30, 1876 for the 2nd coldest low temp for Thanksgiving Holiday. The coldest low (15°) occurred on Nov 30, 1871. Updated info will be provided once the final high & low occurs.John Legend

Some of the performers appearing this year at the parade included Diana Ross, the Barenaked Ladies, John Legend, Martina McBride, and even some of the Muppets from “Sesame Street.”

The previous record-low for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade was 21 degrees, recorded in 1930, 1938 and 1972.

As miserable as the experience may be, officials aren’t that concerned about the cold. The real culprit is the wind. With 16 helium-filled balloons floating on cables above the parade route, wind gusts can quickly turn the parade into a dangerous situation.

The last time the balloons were grounded for the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade was in 1971. In 1997, wind gusts reached 40 mph, making the balloons difficult to control. That year, one balloon struck a lamppost, injuring four people. One woman was in a coma for a month.

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