The Macy's Day Parade is one of the most beloved and iconic events of the year. Hosted in New York each year, the weather can be unpredictable. While Macy's Day Parade go-ers and those watching on the TV are crossing their fingers for sunshine and tolerable temperatures, mid-November can sometimes bring weather hazards that could put a damper on the parade.
Here are four of the most common weather hazards that could impact the Macy's Day Parade on Thanksgiving.
Although winter doesn't officially start until mid-December, New York can often see snowfall before the meteorological start to the season. The Macy's Day Parade will likely continue even if snow does make an appearance, but it could make for a colder, wetter day for workers and attendees.
While the floats are weather-proof, the people carrying them can feel the impacts of snow. That's why they are provided with coats and umbrellas when necessary.
Performers of the parade are also given protective, water-proof layers to help stay dry and warm, and they are able to change their outfits if needed.
According to the New York Times, 4.7 inches of snow fell in Central Park to close out the first snowstorm New York had seen in over 50 years. Despite the weather conditions, nearly 2 million spectators still showed up to watch the Macy's Day Parade.