The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade might not fly its iconic balloons this year

It’s a time-honored tradition for many to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but this year it could be missing a key element: its 16 giant character balloons.

Officials may have to ground the iconic balloons due to expected windy conditions in New York City. The balloons can’t be flown when sustained winds exceed 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph, per city regulations.