Before the Thanksgiving Day Parade Passes By... Who to Watch and Where!

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade cold weather

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The balloons flew lower than usual, performers bundled up, and spectators sported blankets and sleeping bags, but blustery cold didn't chill the enthusiasm at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Rita, who took TONS of heat for how much her lips didn't match her lyrics responded, "Fun fact @johnlegend thank you for clarifying what I was about to also tweet". "We are thrilled that the nation will experience the hard work, focus, creativity and brilliance of our students at one of the country's most cherished holiday celebrations".

Said the musical's producers Bill Damaschke, Dori Berinstein, and Jack Lane to EW: "Broadway's The Prom is grateful to Macy's and NBC for their acceptance and inclusivity of a community and a story that is about acceptance, tolerance and love".

There had been concern heavy winds might force the balloons to fly at a lower altitude or be removed entirely out of fears that they can be blown off course, which has resulted in injuries in the past.

In another moment that got attention, a performance from the Broadway musical "The Prom" included a kiss between two female cast members.

Giant balloons of Charlie Brown, Sponge Bob and other beloved characters were cleared for takeoff just before the parade started amid some of the coldest temperatures in its history. "I'm so excited to be here with Brynn!"

Diana Ross - who's headlining - John Legend, Martina McBride and the Muppets from Sesame Street are all scheduled to perform during the three hour broadcast. Diana Ross, John Legend, Martina McBride and the Muppets from "Sesame Street" were scheduled to perform, and the city of NY, concerned about frostbite, issued an advisory to spectators to ensure they were adequately dressed for the brutal weather.

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).

The coldest on record was in 1871, when the warmest the city got was -5.5 C.

The Goku balloon makes its way down Sixth Avenue.

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

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