Masked Snoopy balloon? Macy's Thanksgiving Parade is TV-only event

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the annual holiday tradition - which often features a few country artists performing on floats as they roll through the streets of New York City - is being "reinvented" for a world in which social distancing is required.

The parade will still be available on television and online.

"While it will certainly look different in execution, this year's Macy's Parade celebration will once again serve its historical objective - to bring joy into the hearts of millions across the nation", Susan Tercero, executive producer of the parade, said in a statement. "It will be a different kind of event", New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio said during a Monday press conference.

The event will take place over two days with the number of parade participants reduced by 75%.

Macy's and New York City announced Monday that the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be modified for a mostly broadcast-only presentation.


In the year of COVID-19, the spectacle that has been a jaw-dropping delight for children for almost a century will prohibit participation by anyone under 18 years of age, Macy's announced. For decades the event has been televised, with performances in a staging area in front of the landmark midtown Macy's Herald Square store.

No appearances by high school or college bands.

The public balloon inflation event that usually precedes the parade will also be canceled this year. "While it will certainly look different in execution, this year's Macy's Parade celebration will once again serve its historical goal - to bring joy into the hearts of millions across the nation".

"We are re-imagining our iconic events to deliver the magic of the holidays, from the Thanksgiving Day Parade to local tree lightings and holiday windows." he said on the call.

Macy's similarly remade its traditional July Fourth fireworks show this year, swapping the big one-night spectacle for a series of smaller fireworks displays.

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