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Diana Ross is heading for frigid Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade

Giant balloons, including Charlie Brown, blow up the night before their appearance in the 92nd Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, Wednesday,…

NEW YORK (AP) Parade, as forecasters say may be the coldest ever.

John Legend, Martina McBride and Muppets from “Sesam Street” are also slated to perform in the free cold. Windy conditions are also expected and officials will monitor the wind to see if giant balloons like SpongeBob and Charlie Brown can fly safely.

Police say they are ready to order the 16 helium-filled balloons to a lower altitude or completely removed if sustainable winds exceed 23 km / h and winds exceed 34 km / h. There have been accidents and injuries in the past when winds blew of course.

National Weather Service projections temperatures in the low 20s (-3.9 to -6.7 celsius) and long winds up to 20 km / h (32.2 km / h)

Thursday has potential to be New York City’s coldest Thanksgiving since 1901, when temperatures only reached 26 degrees (- 3.33 Celsius). The coldest of the record was 1871, when the warmest it was 22 degrees (-5.5 celsius).

Macy’s parade did not start until 1924.

New York City has issued an extremely cold weather warning and invites anyone to go out wearing wool, scarves, gloves and skinned clothes and keeping fingertips , ear cover and nose covered to prevent frost damage.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill said that thousands of officers will be stationed along the parade road. They include, among other things, long-range terrorist teams, plainclothes officers mixed with the audience and a new group of K-9 teams that can excavate explosives from a few hundred yards away.

The parade runs 46 blocks from the west side of Central Park to Macy’s flagship store in Midtown Manhattan.

The parade has about 8000 marches, including colleges from across the country and two dozen fleets culminating with the arrival of Santa Claus. The performances will be shown on the NBC broadcast, starting at 9:00 AM EST.

Ross, 74, will perform a song from her new Christmas album and will be joined to her float by her some of her family members, including daughter Tracee Ellis Ross, a star of ABC’s “Black-ish” and actor son Evan Ross .

Others in the series include Bad Bunny, Kane Brown and Ella Mai, Pentatonix, Rita Ora, Sugarland, Anika Noni Rose, Barenaked Ladies, Leona Lewis, Fifth Harmony Ally Brooke, Bazzi, Ashley Tisdale and Carly Pearce.

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