The Latest on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade (all times local):

8:40 a.m.

Bystanders are braving the cold with blankets and sleeping bags to make sure they see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

They’re lined up Thursday along the parade route despite the frigid temperatures.

Crowds gather to see giant character balloons being inflated the night before their appearance in the 92nd Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, Wednesday Nov. 21, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Crowds gather to see giant character balloons being inflated the night before their appearance in the 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, Wednesday Nov. 21, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Forecasters say it could be the coldest day in the parade’s history.

The New York Police Department says wind conditions are good enough to allow the giant character balloons such as SpongeBob and Charlie Brown to fly safely.

Among the scheduled performers are Diana Ross, John Legend and Martina McBride.

A giant balloon of the Aflac Duck is inflated the night before their appearance in the 92nd Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, Wednesday Nov. 21, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
A giant balloon of the Aflac Duck is inflated the night before their appearance in the 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, Wednesday Nov. 21, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Tony Stout camped out with his extended family since 2 a.m. to make sure they got a good view of his son, who was participating in the parade with The Ohio State University marching band.

He says he’s “freezing and numb, but excited.”

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1:18 a.m.

Giant character balloons, including Charlie Brown and Go Bowling, are inflated the night before their appearance in the 92nd Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, Wednesday Nov. 21, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Giant character balloons, including Charlie Brown and Go Bowling, are inflated the night before their appearance in the 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, Wednesday Nov. 21, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Diana Ross might be singing “Stop! In The Name of Gloves” by the time she’s done performing at New York City’s super chilly Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Forecasters say it could be the coldest day in the parade’s history.

John Legend, Martina McBride and the Muppets from “Sesame Street” are also slated to perform in the frigid cold.

Crews in New York worked to inflate 16 giant helium balloons on Wednesday ahead of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Officials fear high winds expected on Thursday could ground the balloons, or force them to be flown lower. (Nov. 21)
Crews in New York worked to inflate 16 giant helium balloons on Wednesday ahead of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Officials fear high winds expected on Thursday could ground the balloons, or force them to be flown lower. (Nov. 21)

Officials will be monitoring wind to see if giant character balloons such as SpongeBob and Charlie Brown can fly safely.

Police say they’re ready to order the 16 helium-filled balloons to a lower altitude or ground them entirely if it is too windy.

There have been mishaps and injuries in the past when gusts blew them off course.

Others performers include Bad Bunny, Kane Brown, Pentatonix, Sugarland and Barenaked Ladies.

Source: The Associated Press