Parade sponsor WPVI-TV said officials announced early
Thursday that the balloons would not be seen along the entire route of the
6abc/Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Parade.
Instead, officials said, some of the larger balloons were
grounded out of concern for the safety of participants and spectators. Smaller
ones were limited to Eakins Oval and the broadcast area near the Philadelphia
Museum of Art.
The National Weather Service reported winds of about 17
miles per hour gusting to 28 miles per hour at Philadelphia International
In New York, handlers kept 16 giant balloons fairly close to
the ground in tree-lined areas during Thursday's annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day