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UPDATE: Let the balloons fly! Weather won’t stop Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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UPDATE: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade officials said let the balloons fly.

Windy weather was threatening the annual tradition but, according to Today’s Al Roker, the weather will cooperate and the parade will go as scheduled.

NEW YORK – In addition to travel troubles, Mother Nature may also cause some problems for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

On Wednesday, the giant balloons for the event will be inflated.

However, parade organizers say 16 of them, including Spiderman and Hello Kitty, may have to be grounded because of high winds.

Winds around 20 miles an hour are in the forecast, with gusts as strong as 40 miles per hour.

The giant balloons have up to 100 handlers and are monitored by police.

The commissioner says they will decide Thursday morning which balloons can fly and how high.

Organizers say 36 smaller balloons should be cleared to fly, even if the giant balloons are grounded.

You can see them all live, beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday morning on NewsChannel 4.