The famous annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be a TV and online event only this year because of coronavirus.
Macy’s says this year on Thanksgiving, it will put on a television only special presentation with the production focused in and around Herald Square in Midtown.
The traditional parade route will not be used. The famous giant character balloons will be flown but it will be vehicles that carry them, not balloon handlers. There will be floats, street performers and clowns. No marching bands. The number of parade participants will be reduced by about 75 percent. They will wear face coverings and socially distance.
Mayor De Blasio says Macy’s has reinvented the parade.
“It’s really important to keep these traditions, continuing to make sure that that history is unbroken. We saw that on July 4th. We’ll see that on Thanksgiving Day.”