It's official: the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will go on this year amid the global pandemic. But for the first time ever, the iconic Turkey Day event will be a television-only special presentation. So you'll still get to see the giant character balloons, decked out floats, talented performers, and Santa Claus.
"Under the unique challenges of these unparalleled times, we felt it was important to continue this cherished holiday tradition that has been the opening act to the holiday season for generations of families,” Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, said in a news release. “While it will certainly look different in execution, this year’s Macy’s Parade celebration will once again serve its historical purpose –to bring joy into the hearts of millions across the nation."
So what are some changes can you expect to see? The traditional 2.5 mile parade route won't be utilized this year. Instead, the event will solely focus in and around Herald Square in Midtown Manhattan. Additionally, the number of participants will be reduced by nearly 75 percent, and all participants will be over 18 years old. And Macy's won't be holding its traditional Giant Balloon Inflation public event on Wednesday.
“New York City is always proud to join Macy's to ring in the holiday season with New Yorkers and viewers around the world," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news release. "We’ve worked closely with the Macy’s team on a safe and creative plan this year, and we look forward to keeping this tradition going on Thanksgiving Day.”
This year's Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide on Thursday, November 26, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Tune into NBC to catch the iconic holiday event.
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