Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is going to be a little different this year…
But, because of the pandemic, the 2020 parade (the 94th!) will not follow its usual route and it’ll be a TV-only presentation. Macy’s said,
“… we will be showcasing the Macy’s Parade’s signature mix of giant character helium balloons, fantastic floats, street performers, clowns and heralding the arrival of the holiday season with the one-and-only Santa Claus!”
Traditionally the parade makes its way along a 2.5-mile route that runs through Manhattan. This year performances will be staged in-and-around the Herald Square in Midtown. Macy’s traditional Giant Balloon Inflation public event on Wednesday did not take place.
The safer version will air nationwide on NBC from 9AM to Noon.
The 2020 parade will have 75% fewer participants than other years. Everyone will remain socially distanced during performances and be required to wear face coverings and additional personal protective equipment as needed.
And there won’t be the traditional 80-100 giant balloon handlers, Macy’s said they,
“will instead employ an innovative, specially rigged anchor vehicle framework of five specialty vehicles tested and approved by the NYCDOT and NYPD.”
Hoping for the debut of the Baby Trump balloon? Your consolation will have to be Dolly Parton singing Holly Jolly Christmas.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been presented every year since 1924.
This holiday event has changed quite a bit through the decades:
- The first parade included elephants and donkeys and was known as Macy’s Christmas Parade, although it was held on Thanksgiving.
- In 1927 the first giant balloon, Felix the Cat, made its debut.
- Snoopy holds the record for most versions, first appearing in 1968.
- It was first broadcast on NBC in 1952.
- In 2018, it featured its first televised same-sex kiss courtesy the Broadway usual, The Prom.