The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is back –with COVID precautions.
Spectators were shut out in 2020 but now can line the route again. Balloons, floats, marching bands, clowns and performers are back instead of being confined to one block or pre-taped in 2020.
Outgoing NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday,
“Last year was obviously symbolic.
It wasn’t everything we would have liked to see in a parade, but they kept it going. This year, the parade’s back at full strength.
It’s going to be a great sign of our rebirth.”
But safety measures continue. Parade staffers and volunteers must be vaccinated against COVID and wear masks, though some singers and performers can take them off. There’s no inoculation requirement for spectators, but Macy’s is encouraging them to cover their faces.
The inflation of the giant balloons last night was limited to vaccinated viewers.
De Blasio said there was no credible, specific threat to the Thanksgiving parade, but the NYCPD’s security measures would be extensive,
“I’m very confident in what the NYPD has prepared to keep everyone safe…”
The Thanksgiving event also comes days after an SUV driver plowed through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, killing six people and injuring over 60.
The parade takes place along a 2.5-mile route from West 77th Street & Central Park West to Macy’s Herald Square. Great views can be found along CPW and along 6th Avenue from West 59th to West 38th Streets.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on NBC on Thursday, November 25 from 9 -12PM.
(Photo, YouTube; via AP)