Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Is Going Ahead This Year With A Few Major Changes

With the global pandemic still in full force around the world, we’ve had to give up the idea of taking part in some of our favorite traditions, from concerts and sporting events to vacations and national pastimes. While it was touch and go as to whether the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade would go ahead for 2020, it’s now been confirmed that it will, albeit with a few major changes.

  1. Things can’t proceed as normal, can they? At least for 2020, it’s just not safe to garner massive crowds — and literally thousands of people turn up in New York City every single year to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live — when COVID-19 is still so prevalent. That means that for everyone’s safety, some modifications were necessary.
  2. More than 50 million viewers are expected to tune in. Chances are, the numbers might even be higher than that since the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be a “television-only experience” this year. However, the fact that the iconic event will “be modified to safely bring magic to more than 50 million viewers nationwide on Thanksgiving Day” means that at least we get to see it!
  3. This is the first time in 100 years the Thanksgiving Day Parade is changing formats. “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 executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Susan Tercero in a statement. “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.”
  4. You’ll notice some other differences at home as well. This year, the parade will have fewer participants than in previous years and the floats, balloons, and performers will be split up over two days. Not only that, but everyone involved will have to wear face masks and practice social distancing, which seems more than fair. At least Santa Claus will still be there!
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