NEW YORK (AP) _ New lampposts will be installed along the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route to prevent an accident like last year when a wayward balloon knocked part of a lamppost onto a spectator.

A 34-year-old woman suffered a fractured skull and was in a coma for almost a month after a wind-swept Cat in the Hat balloon knocked down a lamppost in 1997. She has sued Macy's and the city for $395 million.

The new T-shaped lampposts will not extend into the street, and their $1 million costs will be split by Macy's and the city, Macy's spokesman Tim Ray said Wednesday.

As a further precaution, balloons can be no larger than 70 feet high or 70 feet long, and the biggest balloons will have more handlers.

Several balloons will no longer be seen, while new ones are slated to take their place.

Among the balloons retired are the Cat in the Hat, Bugs Bunny and the Pink Panther. New balloons include Babe, based on the pig from the children's film, and a character based on the hairy creatures of Maurice Sendak's children's book, ``Where the Wild Things Are.''