Macy's to Hold Scaled-Down Thanksgiving Day Parade Without Spectators

Carla Harmon
November 24, 2020

In a year where so much has changed, why would our traditions be any different?

Organizers of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade have revealed that the Broadway ensembles of "Hamilton," "Jagged Little Pill", "Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations" and "Mean Girls" will perform during this year's event as theaters across the country remain closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gone will be the massive crowds watching Spider-Man and SpongeBob SquarePants float from the Upper West Side down to Herald Square.

"It will not be the same parade we're used to", said Mayor de Blasio.

"While it will certainly look different in execution, this year's Macy's Parade celebration will once again serve its historical goal - to bring joy into the hearts of millions across the nation".

This year it will take place over a two-day period and to avoid large crowds along their typical 2.5-mile route, it will only use the last section of the traditional route.

Overall, the number of participants this year has been cut by 75%. "This will also mark the 20th consecutive time that a Pikachu balloon will take its place in the famed Parade".

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on NBC from 9 noon in all USA time zones. Plus, there will be no outside media and spectators allowed to watch the one-block procession of giant, inflatable balloons.

Despite the balloon-inflation getting canceled, parade floats and balloons will still play a key role in the holiday event, thanks to new technology created to operate them without the help of the 80-100 handlers usually necessary to bring them to life.

You can check out the height and width for each of these balloons and floats, along with the other balloons in the parade on Macy's website.

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