By: ABI HOGLUND
The answer you’re looking for is YES! despite pandemic the parade is still on VIRTUALLY. Macy’s addressed the live in person parade cancellation stating “For more than 90 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has kicked off the holiday season with its signature entertainment spectacle, making it one of the world’s most beloved events.” NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that “It will not be the same parade we’re used to; it will be a different kind of event… they are reinventing the event for this moment in history.” The parade usually draws 3.5 million spectators and more than 8,000 volunteers on top of 50 million broadcast viewers. But of course a crowd that big won’t bode well in flu season let alone a pandemic so the city had to get a little creative with a 2020 pandemic parade.
The Thanksgiving Day Parade route which usually starts in uptown Manhattan and ends in Midtown will instead be in front of the Macy’s flagship in Herald Square. There will still be balloons but they won’t have any people carrying them instead they’ll be carried by “an innovative, specially rigged anchor vehicle framework of five specialty vehicles” the public is not invited to the balloon inflation event. There will be no live performances instead they’ll be shot with socially distanced local performers because of the COVID-19 safety guidelines. High school and college marching bands will be postponed until next year. This cuts the total number of participants by about 75% and keeps on lookers safe from covid spreading. The 94th Parade will air nationwide on NBC-TV Thursday, November 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in all time zones. Have a happy turkey day.