Still, in 2005, an M&M balloon swung out of control from sudden wind bursts and hit a light pole in Times Square, injuring two people.
After that, city officials mandated anemometers — instruments that measure wind speed and direction — along the route.
This year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had to schedule the installation of congestion pricing tolling equipment for after the parade.
Orlando Veras, a Macy’s spokesman, declined to discuss the cost of the parade, saying only that it was the department store’s “gift to the city and the nation.”Ydanis Rodriguez, the transportation commissioner, said the city’s efforts were well rewarded.
“The joy and the smiles that the Macy’s balloons inspire on Thanksgiving morning brings out the kid in everyone who watches this parade — and I am no different,” he said.
Orlando Veras, ” Ydanis Rodriguez, ”
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