Yes, The Macy’s Parade Is Still Happening This Year — But It’ll Be A Bit Different

Performers dance along 34th Street during a pre-taping of the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in front of the flagship shop in New York City on Nov. 25.

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Entertainers dance along 34th Street during a pre-taping of the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in front of the flagship shop in New York City on Nov. 25.

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But this year will differ from any other. With coronavirus cases surging across the country, the department store will hold a customized version of the parade.

” Traditions like this are reassuring and theyre boosting,” Susan Tercero, the parades executive manufacturer, told the Associated Press. “New York has always been a difficult city. Regardless of whats happened, New York requires to be that beacon of light in this parade and the darkness, I think, is symbolic of that.”.

Much of the parade was pre-taped over three days for the telecasted occasion. About 8,000 participants normally assist out with the parade– however this year, that number has actually been lowered by about 88%.” Traditions like this are reassuring and theyre uplifting,” Susan Tercero, the parades executive producer, informed the Associated Press. “New York has always been a tough city. Regardless of whats taken place, New York needs to be that beacon of light in this parade and the darkness, I think, is symbolic of that.”.

Every year, countless viewers flock to the parade to see the towering balloons, decorative drifts, acrobats, performers and more as they make their method down the 2.5-mile stretch of Midtown. However this year, Macys had to work with city and state authorities to have a parade at all, according to the parade site.

For simply shy of a century, the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City has been associated with the vacation. (Thanksgiving Day football video games, a close second, started a decade later on in 1934.).

Making his Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade launching this year will a 48-foot-tall variation of The Boss Baby, the main character from the 2017 DreamWorks Animation movie by the same name. Joining him will be some old favorites: Snoopy, Pikachu, Ronald McDonald, the Pillsbury Doughboy, SpongeBob and more.

Huge balloons will still fly, but without their 80 to 100 handlers. Much of the parade was pre-taped over three days for the televised event. About 8,000 individuals typically assist with the parade– however this year, that number has actually been reduced by about 88%. And all individuals will use a mask.

Instead, the occasion will happen in the one-block stretch in front of Macys flagship shop on 34th Street from 9 a.m. ET to twelve noon, without any crowds in attendance to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. It will be televised nationally on NBC on Thursday, at 9 a.m. regional time.

According to Macys, over 50 million individuals watch the parade from home. And although this year will be different, the Macys time-honored tradition will provide people something cheerful to eagerly anticipate.