Despite Wednesday's rain, the streets of downtown dried up in time for the Big Bay Balloon Parade on Thursday, December 27, but high winds made it hard to control some of the giant balloons.
Moderate sustained winds blew inland from the coast, but there were gusts up to 25 mph. Many of the balloons were pulled sideways during the lineup for the start of the parade, which caused some handlers to scramble for control.
Most of the balloons were safely guided back to position after each strong gust, but the Woody Woodpecker balloon seemed out of control. Several times, the giant balloon smashed into the ground; one time it looked like the giant woodpecker kissed the pavement.