More and more events are changing their looks this year, and the latest entry is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
Due to social distancing protocols in New York City and state, the 94th version of the parade will be all virtual this year.
What does that mean? The live parade in the street, featuring floats, marching bands, and the infamous balloons will not be taking place in person this year, according to NBC who also broadcasts the parade each year.
The details as to how the parade will look this year are still not clear. Macy’s hasn’t released details, but has said that show will go on, and the spirit that the traditional parade brings will still be felt.
New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio, touched on the parade during his daily briefing, stating that, while it may not be the same parade we are used to:
“(Macy’s) is reinventing the event for this moment in history. And you will be able to feel the spirit and the joy of that day on television, online — not a live parade, but something that will really give us that warmth and that great feeling we have on Thanksgiving Day.”
Macy’s has some experience with these type of events already. Their traditional 4th of July fireworks show also went virtual. Multiple small displays were recorded across New York City over several nights. None were more than five minutes in length to prevent crowds from gathering. The footage was compiled and broadcast for July 4th.
Will segments of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade be staged at other locations and edited together in film? Will it be more of a show versus a parade? We can’t wait to see how they put it together, especially the balloons.