November 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade began its spectacular promenade through Manhattan as scheduled Thursday, defying high winds that had threatened to ground its massive balloons for the first time in more than 40 years. The decision to float the balloons came early Thursday, as police, parade officials and meteorologists eyed forecasts that had called for sustained winds of more than 20 mph and gusts exceeding 30 mph. The parade's balloons are not allowed to fly if winds are higher than 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph. The rule was adopted after the 1997 parade, when fierce winds caused the Cat in the Hat balloon to careen into a lamppost, sending debris to the ground that left one spectator with critical head injuries.
April 23, 2008 |
Ships and planes searched along the coast of Brazil today for a priest who disappeared after drifting out to sea suspended from hundreds of helium-filled party balloons, authorities said. Rescue workers said they had not given up hope of finding Father Adelir Antonio de Carli even though bunches of the multicolored balloons had been found floating on the sea. The adventurous clergyman staged the stunt to help raise money for a chapel for truckers in his highway parish. De Carli told friends in his last mobile telephone call Sunday night that his contraption made of 1,000 balloons would soon crash into the Atlantic Ocean.
April 20, 2013 |
Balloons in the Clippers' colors were hanging on Laker legend statues before the Clippers played the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. When the news hit Twitter that the likenesses of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and Chick Hearn had red and blue balloons attached to their limbs, Lakers fans were not pleased. The balloon prank wasn't the only jab that Clippers Nation took at the Lakers. Before the Clippers game, Coach Vinny Del Negro was asked if the Lakers have a chance against the Spurs in another first-round series.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1991 |
Utility companies are bracing for Valentine's Day, the biggest day of the year for helium-filled metallic balloon sales. The increasing menace of the highly conductive metallic balloons and streamers has caused about 500 outages to more than 400,000 customers in the Department of Water and Power's service area in the city of Los Angeles over the last five years. Southern California Edison Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2010 |
The only things missing when Los Angeles' top air artists get together are inflated egos. There's something resembling Betty Boop standing in the corner. Pluto, the cartoon dog, is sitting on the floor. A tiny ladybug rests on a hand. There's a birthday cake, a Viking headdress, a witch's hat and broom, an octopus, Casper the ghost. All made of twisted-together balloons. "We're standing on the shoulder of giants," says Eddie Medrano, one of the balloon blowers. "Look at that guy over there.
October 19, 1989 |
They scrape treetops, drift across cityscapes, descend into open fields and sometimes into back yards. For those in the open baskets, hot air balloons offer a bit of silence, a rare view of the world and a taste of adventure, all in a flight that lasts two or three hours. For Doug Hatfield of Kansas City, Mo., ballooning is "like the closest thing to a religious experience that you'll probably ever have." "One flight and you're hooked for life," says Ron Hayworth of Wichita, Kan.