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NYC Thanksgiving Parade Balloons Survive Sandy, Parade to Go On

By By Vickie Frantz, AccuWeather Staff Writer
November 21, 2012, 11:24:25 PM EST

Although Sandy did billions of dollars worth of damage along the East Coast, the stored Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade supplies were unharmed.

The balloons are stored in the New Jersey town of Moonachie, according to The town, located about 10 miles northwest of Manhattan, was flooded by 5 feet of water due to tidal surge from Hurricane Sandy.

The design studio that houses the large balloons was not flooded and there was no damage to a nearby warehouse where most of the other parade equipment is stored.

When the balloons fly on Thanksgiving Day, 5,000 people who were impacted by Sandy will be watching from seats in the stands thanks to tickets Macy's set aside for them.

The tickets will be distributed to the neighborhoods hardest hit by Sandy. The elected officials who represent the neighborhoods will coordinate the ticket distribution, according to

Macy's will also be providing the families with transportation to and from the parade.

The weather will be great for watching the parade. "It will be mainly dry, with a mix of clouds and sun," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards.

"Winds will be out of the north, northwest and very light at 5-10 m.p.h. The temperature during the parade will start out around 46 degrees F and warm to 50 degrees F by the end."


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