"As of now the balloons will fly!" the official twitter of NYPD's Midtown North Precinct tweeted Thursday morning. Four new inflatables are also scheduled to debut: "SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary", "Astronaut Snoopy", "Green Eggs and Ham", and "Love Flies Up to the Sky", a balloon designed by Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. The latest version of the Charles Schulz character was made to honour the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
"I'm keeping my fingers crossed, I'm asking everyone - keep the City of NY in your thoughts and prayers so the wind will stay calm and we will be able to let these balloons fly", he said during the balloon inflation.
If wind speeds reach risky levels, the 16 helium balloons - including Smokey Bear and Snoopy - could still be taken out of the parade.
The Pikachu balloon is kept under a net Wednesday.
The NYPD has officially said the famous giant balloons will be flying in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade today, despite forecasted strong winds.
Forecasts are calling for wind gusts over 40 miles per hour, and the official call over whether to fly the balloons will come Thursday morning. The balloons can not be flown when sustained winds exceed 23 miles per hour and gusts exceed 34 miles per hour, according to city regulations.
The parade, one of the city's most popular events, features about 8,000 marchers, two dozen floats, and marching bands, ending with an appearance from Santa Claus.
The parade will start at 9:00 a.m. ET and finish at 12 noon.
Among the performers this year are actor Billy Porter of Pose, Quebec singer Céline Dion, and entertainers Ciara, Kelly Rowland and Idina Menzel.
The character balloons can go as high as 55 feet (16 metres) off the ground and as low as 10 feet (3 metres).
The rules requiring them to be grounded in high-wind conditions came after wind blew a Cat in the Hat balloon into a lamp-post near Central Park in 1997, critically injuring a woman. That one popped and fell harmlessly onto the crowd.