Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Cast member Josh Lamon thanked the parade's organizers, Macy's and NBC, for okaying a milestone in inclusivity.

Thursday was one of New York City's coldest Thanksgivings, with National Weather Service data showing the temperature peaked at 27 degrees (minus 2 Celsius).

Officials had been ready to order the 16 helium-filled balloons to a lower altitude or removed entirely if sustained winds exceed 23 miles per hour (37 kph) and gusts exceed 34 miles per hour (54.7 kph). The producers told Entertainment Weekly it was the parade's "first LGBTQ kiss".

"Goals: Diana Ross being too damn famous to lip sync in the Macy's Parade", one fan tweeted in praise while another wrote "Diana Ross knowing she's too good to lip sync is pretty great", about the 74-year-old diva.

"We like to be able to debut the best of Broadway, but we also like to show those viewers what they want to see", she said. The NYPD will be monitoring the wind speed to determine if they need to pull the plug on the large balloons.

According to Macy's official parade lineup, the Goku balloon stands at 56-feet tall, 36-feet wide, 70-feet long, and requires a total of 90 handlers to maneuver it through two-and-a-half miles of New York City streets during the parade.

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Singer Rita Ora high fives with Ronald McDonald during the the 2018 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22 in New York City.

The kiss came during a performance from the Broadway musical "The Prom".

The coldest on record was in 1871, when the warmest it got was 22 degrees (minus 5 Celsius).

Police Commissioner James O'Neill said thousands of officers will be stationed along the parade route.

Paradegoers hoping to see balloons flying over New York City on Thursday morning could have their spirits deflated as gusty winds could wind up grounding the attractions.

The floats and marchers stepped off from Central Park West and 77th Street at 9 a.m.

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