The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will be a much less expansive event this year, the company announced on Monday. But Macy’s was able to salvage some of the signature elements of the annual event.
For instance: there will be balloons. They just won’t be in the same spots as usual. And sadly the annual balloon inflation event on Wednesday night has been called off too.
The entire event will be held in Herald Square this year, so it won’t wind through the Upper West Side. And the balloons will be held aloft by machines instead of humans. Here are the main details:
As part of Macy’s comprehensive health and wellness plan a number of changes will be implemented in order to execute this event safely. These changes include, but are not limited to the following:
- Reducing the overall number of participants by approximately 75%, and 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/ 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