Balloons, spirits soar at NYC Thanksgiving parade - KMSP-TV

Balloons, spirits soar at NYC Thanksgiving parade

Posted: Updated:

The 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, floats and all, made its way down Manhattan's West Side past 30 Rock.

Despite high wind concerns earlier in the week, the giant floats were able to be part of the iconic parade.

Besides the floats, there were marching bands, celebrity hosts and clowns all helping entertain spectators young and old. For many, the parade officially ushers in the holiday season.

This year, some three million people battled the frigid temperatures to line the streets, and another 50 million Americans tuned in to watch the festivities.

Many balloons swayed with the winds. And Spider-man's senses must have been tingling when a branch punctured his left arm. However rope handlers managed to keep the balloons under control..

Because of the wind, balloon were flying lower than usual.

The balloons have only been grounded once in the history of the parade and that was in the 70s.

With thousands of happy kids and Santa to finish off the parade, what more could you ask for?

Unfortunately there was one mishap at this year's parade with Buzz Lightyear hurting a worker's foot. 

The accident sent Buzz Lightyear's rope holder — a Long Island school teacher — to the hospital, but didn’t mar the occasion for thousands of thrilled and chilled parade-goers, who crowded Midtown’s skyscraper canyons in near-freezing weather.

“It hit me from behind,” injured rope-holder Keri O’Connell said. She was accompanying the “Toy Story” star when it accidentally ran over her right foot at West 75th Street.

“I was holding the balloon. I was in front of the of the car. All of a sudden, I was pulled down and the car was on my foot,” O’Connell said.

“I was like `Get it off, get it off, get it off!’ “

A Good Samaritan put pressure on her injured foot and elevated it, before an ambulance whisked O’Connell away.

Despite the mishaps and the blustery weather, parade-goers remained as buoyant as the balloons.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • 'Spider-man' slugs cop in Times Square

    'Spider-man' slugs cop in Times Square

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:13 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:13:27 GMT
    A man dressed as Spider-Man was arraigned on charges he punched a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Time Square. Junior Bishop, 25, faces charges of assault, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Police say the officer interceded after Bishop demanded at least $5 from a woman he posed for a picture with, instead of the $1 she offered.
    A man dressed as Spider-Man was arraigned on charges he punched a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Time Square. Junior Bishop, 25, faces charges of assault, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Police say the officer interceded after Bishop demanded at least $5 from a woman he posed for a picture with, instead of the $1 she offered.
  • 5th annual MMA World Expo at Javits Center

    5th annual MMA World Expo at Javits Center

    Saturday, July 26 2014 11:30 PM EDT2014-07-27 03:30:06 GMT
    Mixed Martial Arts enthusiasts gathered in the Big Apple for the 5th annual MMA World Expo. Only amateurs were allowed to compete at the event because New York continues to grapple with whether to make the sport legal in the state.
    Mixed Martial Arts enthusiasts gathered in the Big Apple for the 5th annual MMA World Expo. Only amateurs were allowed to compete at the event because New York continues to grapple with whether to make the sport legal in the state.
  • Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:31:59 GMT
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices