Listen Now: A New Type of Parade
Some of this year’s biggest holiday traditions are getting a socially distanced overhaul.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a must-watch holiday event. Every year, giant balloons, performers and celebrities make their way down 6th Avenue, until now.
Because of the pandemic, the family-friendly celebration is being overhauled to keep participants and viewers safe. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio says it will not be a live event, but something people can watch and experience on television or online.
Macy’s said the number of people taking part in the parade will be reduced by about 75%. And anyone who makes the cut needs to be over 18, has to wear a mask and has to follow social-distance guidelines.
Instead of the usual 2.5 mile route, the whole thing will be broadcast at a production facility somewhere in the city. Those giant balloons won’t have the usual gaggle of handlers trying to keep them under control. Instead, specially-designed rigs will fly the balloons.
At least this means 2020 is drawing to a close.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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