Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020: How to Watch This Year’s Virtual Event

by Jeremy Spirogis
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For the primary time in additional than 75 years, there gained’t be a parade of balloons and throngs of crowds on the streets of New York City this Thanksgiving Day. The annual parade sponsored by Macy’s — which usually kicks off the Christmas season — isn’t canceled. But the occasion will look totally different in 2020 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Here’s what it is advisable to find out about how the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is altering this 12 months and when you’ll be able to tune in to see the festivities. 

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is going on, however with out the crowds 

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Astronaut Snoopy balloon on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2019 | Ralph Bavaro/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank through Getty Images

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Every 12 months, tens of millions of individuals line the streets of Manhattan to look at the parade of big balloons and marching bands. But the pandemic has put the kibosh on occasions with giant crowds. So parade organizers have gotten inventive. 

Instead of happening over the same old 2½-mile parade route, this 12 months, the motion will all occur in entrance of Macy’s flagship Herald Square retailer, in keeping with a FAQ on Macy’s web site. Social distancing, restricted workers, and staggered name instances can be in place to assist forestall the unfold of the virus. Masks can be required for all contributors. Other modifications embody utilizing skilled musicians as an alternative of the highschool and faculty marching bands that often carry out. And as an alternative of the balloon handlers who often hold characters like Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants from flying away, there can be particular automobiles that hold the large inflatables in place. 

The Macy’s parade will nonetheless air on NBC on Thanksgiving morning 

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Tom Turkey float on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2019 | Ralph Bavaro/NBC

One factor that gained’t be totally different about this 12 months’s parade is when it is going to air. You can nonetheless tune in on Thanksgiving morning to see the enjoyable on NBC. The occasion kicks off at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 26 and runs till 12 p.m. ET. 

In truth, for viewers at house, issues might not look that totally different this 12 months, for the reason that tv broadcast often airs performances from in entrance of the Herald Square retailer. Most of what you see on TV can be stay, although a couple of segments can be taped on Wednesday, in keeping with the Asbury Park Press.

Why not simply cancel the parade? 

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Crowds on the Macy’s Thanksgiving day Parade in 2019 | EuropaNewswire/Gado/Getty Images

Given the modifications required to tug off a secure occasion, some individuals may surprise why organizers didn’t simply cancel this 12 months’s Thanksgiving Day parade. But in keeping with Macy’s, they felt holding a parade this 12 months was extra vital than ever. 

Macy’s believes in celebration and the enjoyment of marking milestone moments with household and associates. For practically 100 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been synonymous with the official begin of the vacation season within the United States. Under the distinctive challenges of those unparalleled instances, we felt it was vital to proceed this cherished American custom that has been the opening act to the vacation season for generations of households.

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