The treasured tradition, which many consider a standard part of the holiday, can easily be enjoyed from afar, though Parade aficionados will detect some notable differences.
Safety is a priority for the parade in 2020 and Macy's has been working closely with the City and State of NY to keep the tradition alive.
"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". "On Thanksgiving Day, we will showcase our annual celebration's signature balloons, floats, performances and herald the arrival of Santa Claus, in front of Macy's famed flagship store on 34th Street for our national television special on NBC and Telemundo". On CBS, broadcasts will air 9:00am-12:00pm live ET; 8:00-11:00am live CT; 7:00-10:00am live MT; and 1:00pm-4:00pm delayed PT. For almost 100 years, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been synonymous with the official start of the holiday season in the United States.
First, Chief Experience Officer, Justin Rivers, will do a brief talk about the origins of New York's iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, tracing its humble beginnings as a Christmas parade up through its evolution into the world's most famous parade.More news: Football legend Diego Maradona dies at 60
The annual giant balloon Inflation Celebration that traditionally draws crowds to the Upper West Side on Thanksgiving eve will not take place.
All participants will practice social distancing and wear face masks.
Participants will be masked up this year. In addition, all will be from the tri-state area in accordance with USA state restrictions and quarantine rules.
Macy's is reducing the overall number of participants by 75 percent and splitting the remaining participants over a two-day period.More news: Toronto restaurant issued closure order after defying lockdown rules
Earlier this month, the 2020 lineup was announced.
Macy's giant balloon veterans include Astronaut Snoopy, elves Hugg, Bjorn, Jojo and Fleck and Pokemon ambassador Pikachu. Rocking Horse, handmade by Manny Bass, long-time Parade designer, will be sporting a makeover this Thanksgiving.
Musical guests Bebe Rexha, Brett Young, CNCO and Karol G will ride the floats and perform.
Additionally, the casts of such Broadway hits as Hamilton, Mean Girls, Jagged Little Pill and Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations - idled since March by the pandemic - have recorded special numbers for the show, while the high-kicking Radio City Music Hall Rockettes will also make their traditional appearance.More news: Scotland Becomes First Country to Provide Free Menstrual Products