NEW YORK – It was a close call, Charlie Brown. But Astronaut Snoopy and friends took flight — even if they were a little low.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off Thursday morning with the giant character balloons in tow along the Manhattan route, despite concerns that high winds might have grounded them.
Handlers kept the giant balloons near the ground, making them more manageable in the wind.
One of the longest — a red Power Ranger — was held so low early in the parade that a leg scraped the street, and two workers carried a dangling hand to keep it from doing the same.
High winds in New York City had put the balloons' inclusion in doubt. They generally aren't supposed to be flown when sustained winds exceed 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph, according to city regulations.
The winds got close to that, as gusts of 32 mph were recorded in Central Park shortly before the event. As officials kept a close eye on the speeds, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced about 40 minutes before the parade's start that the balloons were good to go.
The Ronald McDonald balloon was pulled from the route because of a tear
Not all of the balloons completed the parade.