Following last year’s viewable on TV only rendition of the annual event, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will return this year for its 95th march down the streets of New York.
“On Thanksgiving Day, the spectacle will once again delight New York City spectators and a national television audience with its signature mix of giant character helium balloons, fantastic floats, marching bands, performance groups, celebrities, clowns, and the one-and-only Santa Claus,” a Macy’s press release states.
According to a statement from Macy’s, the Inflation Celebration may or may not be happening.
While the beloved tradition is returning, it will come with some health and safety precautions. All participants and staff will need to be fully vaccinated, but will need to mask up regardless. Some performers, like singers and dancers, may be exempt from this. Macy’s is also going to reduce the total number of participants – by somewhere between 10 and 20 percent (800 to 1,600 people). And social distancing protocols will be in place “at all interior/exterior Parade operations including costuming areas, seating and participant check-in.”
The marching band and other performers who had been scheduled to participate last year will be coming back, along with Macy’s signature giant character balloons.
“Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a New York City institution for more than nine decades, growing to become an icon of American pop culture as it annually marks the official start of the holiday season,” said Will Coss, Executive Producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “For our 95th celebration, we are delighted to return this cherished holiday tradition closer to its original form as we march down the streets of New York City and into the homes of a nationwide audience.”
“We are thrilled to welcome back in its full form the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a world-renowned celebration that ushers in the magic of being in New York City during the holiday season,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We applaud Macy’s work to creatively continue this beloved tradition last year and look forward to welcoming back Parade watchers to experience it safely, live and in person this November.”
Details on public viewing locations will be announced in November. The parade will air nationwide on NBC-TV, Thursday, November 25, from 9am to noon. For more information visit macys.com/parade. To follow and participate in the excitement, check out @macys on various social platforms and follow #MacysParade.