Macy's Thanksgiving Parade is TV-only event

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade is TV-only event

The 94th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place this year, in a modified edition that will only be viewable on television and online.

"It will not be the same parade we're used to", the mayor said. "It will be a different kind of event", New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio said during a Monday press conference.

Thousands of wide-eyed onlookers who typically line city streets around the traditional 2.5-mile parade route passing Macy's Herald Square store instead were advised to cheer the procession from their couches in front of their home television screen.

The number of participants in this year's event will be reduced by about 75% and their appearances will be staggered over two days, the news release said. After that event, a statement from Macy's explains, the company begin looking at how to successfully execute its traditional parade in a similar manner.

"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", said Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. According to the company, all participants will have to adhere to social distancing guidelines during their performances and be required to wear face masks or other personal protective equipment depending on their roles.

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"Macy's signature giant character balloons will be flown without the traditional 80-100 handlers and instead employ an innovative, specially rigged anchor vehicle framework of five specialty vehicles tested and approved by the NYCDOT and NYPD".

The spectacle will be broadcast as usual from 9 noon Eastern time on NBC and will include both live and recorded elements, Macy's officials said.

In July, Macy's annual Fourth of July fireworks display, which also usually features star-studded performances, was put together as a mostly pre-taped event with remote performances. High school and college marching bands that had been invited to perform will be deferred to 2021.

Most of the parade's performers will be locally based to cut down on travel, Veras said.

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