Macy’s has announced that it has reimagined the upcoming parade, due to take place on November 26th. The 94th iteration of the annual event will now be staged in order that it can be enjoyed safely by all.
“Following our successful, safe and innovative production of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, it is our intention to similarly reimagine Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this November,” Macy’s said in a statement.
This year’s fireworks were staged and recorded at several small displays across the five boroughs of New York in the days leading up to Independence Day. Each display lasted just five minutes to avoid drawing crowds, and was then televised.
This year, parade events will be staged over two days, the overall number of participants will be reduced by approximately 75% and no-one under the age of 18 will take part. All participants will be appropriately socially distanced, and the parade will then be broadcast on NBC.
The event’s trademark massive balloons, many of which feature popular children’s characters, will still make an appearance, but will not process along the usual 2 1/2 mile route throughout the city. They will be more static, without the traditional 80-100 handlers, instead employing “an innovative, specially rigged anchor vehicle framework of five speciality vehicles.” Elements of the parade will be performed in and around Herald Square, where Macy’s flagship department store is based.
NY Mayor Bill de Blasio commented: “It will not be the same parade we’re used to. (Macy’s) is reinventing the event for this moment in history. And you will be able to feel the spirit and the joy of that day on television, online — not a live parade, but something that will really give us that warmth and that great feeling we have on Thanksgiving Day.”