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Is There a 2020 Thanksgiving Day Parade This Year?

Is There a 2020 Thanksgiving Day Parade This Year?”

Macy's and the City of NY announced Friday that they would be reimagining the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year.

Instead, the 94th annual parade will fly its balloons just for a television audience and will be filmed over two days.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on NBC from 9 a.m.to noon in all USA time zones. Participants are all NY tri-state citizens that are at least eighteen.

Here's everything you need to know about this month's made-for-TV presentation, airing from 9 a.m.to 12 p.m.in all time zones November 26 on NBC.

In order to ensure the safety of the talent and crew, the volume of this year's parade participants has been reduced by about 75%. This year, only about 960 people will take part. Face masks will be required and social distancing will take place. The parade will end in front of Macy's famed flagship store on 34th Street in New York City.

More news: USA expects to begin COVID-19 vaccinations in early December

Aside from the Pikachu Macy's parade appearance, no other video game balloons will appear.

Previously selected regional High School and College Marching Bands performances will be deferred to next year's parade, with only locally based professional marching and musical ensembles joining in.

Macy's partnered with New York City officials to create this plan that will not feature balloon handlers, instead, it has gone mechanical.

Despite the balloon-inflation getting canceled, parade floats and balloons will still play a key role in the holiday event, thanks to new technology created to operate them without the help of the 80-100 handlers usually necessary to bring them to life.

"This year, a troupe of dancing Pikachu will deliver an electrifying performance in the Parade in addition to the iconic giant Pikachu balloon soaring among the skyscrapers of Manhattan".



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