September 15, 2020
The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will go on this year, but as a television-only special presentation. The number of participants in the parade will be reduced by about 75%, and the presentation will be taped over a two-day period.
Among other changes, the customary entourage of 80 to 100 handlers for Macy’s signature character balloons will be replaced by five specially rigged vehicles tested and approved by the New York City Department of Transportation and the New York Police Department. Staging will occur strictly within Midtown near the flagship Herald Square store, and the traditional 2.5-mile parade route won’t be utilized this year.
“Under the unique challenges of these unparalleled times, we felt it was important to continue this cherished holiday tradition that has been the opening act to the holiday season for generations of families,” said Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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