A New Type of Parade

by | Sep 21, 2020

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.

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