1. Tight of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon being inflated
2. Wide of balloon
3. Wide of Macy's balloons
4. SOUNDBITE (English) James Hall, NYPD Chief of Patrol:
"It looks good, it looks very good. We have the National Weather Service will be in my incident command post communicating with me and then we have anemometers setup along the route and there are gust numbers that we have locked into our head that allows us to fly or not to fly."
5. Wide of media
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Amy Kule, Executive Producer of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:
"The parade is the culmination of a lot of different entertainment entities, it's not just balloons, it's floats, it's marching bands. We've got about 900 clowns that will be entertaining the about 3-and-a-half million people lining the parade route tomorrow. These balloons are awesome, we are gonna work with the city of New York to ensure safety as that is our first priority. We also have 40 smaller balloons that could take to the sky, but this parade is massive. It's entertaining and everyone here tomorrow in New York and across the country is going to see a parade that is going to be the official kickoff of the holiday season."
7. Wide of balloons
8. Tight of rope shaking in wind
9. Pan from visitors to balloons
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Hillary Barber, Tourist from Tennessee:
"I'm just worried because I saw in the taxi on the way here that the wind advisory said they might not have some of the balloons up tomorrow, so I'm a little worried about that, but besides that I'm gonna stay and be cold and watch the whole thing."
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE BALLOONS WILL LIKELY TAKE FLIGHT
It looks like the balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be allowed to take to the skies.
NYPD Chief of Patrol James Hall says Thursday's weather forecast "looks very good."
The characters that glide between Manhattan's skyscrapers can't lift off if sustained winds exceed 23 mph and gusts top 34 mph.
That's because of city rules enacted after fierce winds in 1997 caused a Cat in the Hat balloon to topple a light pole and seriously injure a spectator.
The NYPD, the National Weather Service and Macy's representatives will make a final determination Thursday morning.
Hillary Barber is visiting New York from Tennessee and said she hopes the balloons fly, but will be out watching the parade regardless.
"I'm just worried because I saw in the taxi on the way here that the wind advisory said they might not have some of the balloons up tomorrow, so I'm a little worried about that, but besides that I'm gonna stay and be cold and watch the whole thing," said Barber.
This year's balloons include SpongeBob Squarepants, Snoopy, Spider-Man and a 47-foot hot air balloon displaying the faces of characters from the classic film "The Wizard of Oz."