It’s going into the Fall and COVID-19 is still hanging around like a zit in the middle of your forehead. Yes, the deadly pandemic that ruined our Summer plans is now determined to ruin our Fall and Winter plans. It’s first victim? New York’s famous Macy Day Parade is going completely virtual.
No crowds. Just a pre-tapped parade with pre-tapped performances.
New York’s biggest idiot, I mean, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today, with the department store company confirming that the event will be drastically reduced in size, abandon the traditional 2.5-mile route and employ five specialty vehicles to anchor the signature giant character balloons.
The event billed as The 94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide on NBC-TV, Thursday, November 26 from 9 a.m. to noon, in all time zones.
“This year the celebration will shift to a television only special presentation,” Macy’s said in a statement, “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.
Following the general announcement this morning by de Blasio, Macy’s released the following details about this year’s Thanksgiving event:
- The overall number of participants will be reduced by approximately 75%, splitting the remaining participants over two days;
- All participants will be appropriately socially distanced during performances and be required to wear face coverings and additional personal protective equipment depending on their role;
- Shifting to a television-broadcast-only production with staging for Parade elements focused solely in and around the Herald Square area of Midtown Manhattan
- The traditional 2.5-mile Parade route will not be utilized this year;
- No participant in the Parade will be under 18 years of age;
- Previously selected regional High School and College Marching Bands performances will be deferred to the 2021 Macy’s Parade, with locally based professional marching and musical ensembles taking musical duties in the lineup;
- Macy’s traditional Giant Balloon Inflation public event on Wednesday will not take place;
- Macy’s signature giant character balloons will be flown without the traditional 80-100 handlers and instead employ an innovative, specially rigged anchor vehicle framework of five specialty vehicles tested and approved by the NYCDOT and NYPD