The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade goes digital this 12 months. At this time, the mayor of New York Metropolis, Invoice de Blasio, introduced the occasion might be considerably smaller this 12 months, too, clearly with out crowds in attendance. There might be no large balloons or autos happening the road this 12 months, attributable to COVID-19.
No Extra Parade
Per standard, the occasion will air on NBC on Thursday, November 26th. Macy’s Parade will maintain the floats, performers, and balloons, too. In an announcement, Macy’s hinted at their plans for this unconventional 12 months:
“This 12 months the celebration will shift to a tv solely particular presentation, showcasing the Macy’s Parade’s signature mixture of large character helium balloons, improbable floats, avenue performers, clowns and heralding the arrival of the vacation season with the one-and-only Santa Claus.
The manager producer of the parade, Susan Tercero, added:
“Macy’s believes in celebration and the enjoyment of marking milestone moments with household and pals. The Macy’s Parade is our love letter and present to the Metropolis of New York and the nation. Below the distinctive challenges of those unparalleled occasions, we felt it was vital to proceed this cherished vacation custom that has been the opening act to the vacation season for generations of households. Whereas it’s going to actually look completely different in execution, this 12 months’s Macy’s Parade celebration will as soon as once more serve its historic goal – to carry pleasure into the hearts of hundreds of thousands throughout the nation.”
The occasion takes a complete of 18 months to plan. As a result of time it takes, it’s surprisingly the parade is going on in any respect.
Macy’s laid out their tips for this 12 months: contributors have been minimize down by 75%, social distancing and masks are required, and the parade might be staged round Herald Sq. in Midtown Manhattan. There’s no 2.5-mile parade by the streets no extra. No person in attendance might be below 18, to protest the youngsters. The Excessive College and faculty marching bands scheduled to carry out will return subsequent 12 months, too. As for the floats, which often take 80 to 100 folks to regulate, these might be rigged to particular autos permitted by the NYPD.
The Solely Different Cancellation
The Thanksgiving Day Parade shouldn’t be precisely a parade with out crowds. It’s not the primary time Thanksgiving Day Parade hasn’t occurred. Throughout World Conflict II, from 1942 to 1944, the parade didn’t occur. Why? As a result of the federal government wanted the rubber and helium for the struggle. Macy’s went so far as to donate their deflated balloons to the U.S. authorities to help the struggle effort.
When the parade returned in 1945, that was when the occasion was first televised in New York. 18 years later, Macy’s nearly was cancelled once more following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In 1963, the parade occurred solely every week after the killing of Kennedy. The choice to go on was made to not disappoint kids, which maybe is the angle shared by the organizers of this 12 months’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in the present day.
The Historical past of the Macy’s Day Parade
The parade used to go greater. When the parade began in 1924, it could go for a complete of six miles. It was initially a Christmas parade, too, earlier than Macy’s modified the system. Initially, the parade was the “Huge Christmas Parade.” The occasion is all the time the second largest client of helium on the planet, too, clearly because of the balloons. In 1971, Macy’s needed to take care of dangerous climate, inflicting them to can the long-lasting balloons that 12 months. All through the parade’s illustrious 94 years, the occasion has needed to climate dangerous climate, tragedy, struggle, and this 12 months, a pandemic.