Kelly Clarkson Breaks Tradition & Sings Live at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade cold weather

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade cold weather

The episode sparked a flurry of online commentary.

Macy's later apologized for "technical difficulties" after viewers ripped into singer Rita Ora for what they saw as awkward lip-syncing.

Ora tweeted thanks to Macy's for "the honesty". To wit: During this year's festivities, the cast of the new Broadway musical The Prom gifted the annual tradition with its first ever on-air same-sex kiss.

According to the musical's producers, this is the first LGBTQ kiss in the parade's history.

Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker (on a motorcycle) will host the TV broadcast of the Macy's parade on NBC. By 9 a.m. ET, when the parade started, the temperature dipped below 20 degrees. The parade coverage will air on both the CBS ad NBC network, showcasing the latest balloon floats and parade performers. The event dates to 1924. Strong winds can make it risky to fly the huge inflatables, so they will be grounded if the winds are stronger than 23 miles per hour, according to USA Today. Some, though, hovered just a few feet above their handlers.

The National Weather Service is projecting temperatures of -3.9 to -6.7 degrees Celsius and sustained winds of up to 32.2 kph with gusts to 48.3 kph, just inside the safe zone for the balloons to fly.

Bystanders are braving the cold with blankets and sleeping bags to make sure they see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.




Where Does the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Route Go?

Before the parade stepped off at 9 a.m., there were concerns that blustery winds in NY would ground the iconic balloons in the float.

He says he's "freezing and numb, but excited".

Crews in NY worked to inflate 16 giant helium balloons on Wednesday ahead of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Diana Ross, John Legend, Martina McBride and the Muppets from "Sesame Street" are slated to perform in the frigid cold. Officials fear high winds expected on Thursday could ground the balloons, or force them to be flown lower.

Even with all the handlers, Goku briefly met his match when a strong gust of wind almost blew the giant balloon away early this morning.

Others performers include Bad Bunny, Kane Brown, Pentatonix, Sugarland and Barenaked Ladies.

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