The 93rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is officially underway in New York City.
As promised, more than a dozen giant balloons are flying high above the Manhattan parade route.
The inclusion of inflatable versions of Snoopy, SpongeBob, Smokey the Bear and other beloved animated characters had been in doubt Wednesday because of anticipated high winds.
"As of now the balloons will fly!" the NYPD Manhattan North Twitter feed said at 7 a.m. on Thursday.
The temperature was 47 degrees when the the parade kicked off, NBC News said. Wind gusts were expected to be between 20 to 30 m.p.h.
The traditional event is airing on NBC, with Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker serving as hosts.
Once Snoopy's safety net came off, he proudly flies above the parade route:
Still scheduled to perform are music stars Natasha Bedingfield, Black Eyed Peas, Chicago, Ciara, Josh Dela Cruz, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Debbie Gibson, Chris Janson, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, NCT 127, Ozuna, Billy Porter, Kelly Rowland, That Girl Lay Lay, TLC, Tenille Townes and Chris Young.
Huge crowds have turned out to watch the parade despite very blustery winds:
The parade will end with an appearance by Santa Claus.
Happy Thanksgiving --
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