There won’t be a live Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year, New York City mayor says

The Aflac Duck and Macys balloon are pictured during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation in New York City on November 27, 2019, offering spectators the chance to see the giant balloons being inflated ahead of tomorrow's Parade. - Macy's and NYPD will make a decision tommorow on the fate of the balloons due to high winds in the forecast. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio teased that Macy’s is putting together entertainment for Thanksgiving to replace the traditional live parade coverage in light of the pandemic.

“It will not be the same parade we’re used to, it will be a different kind of event, they are re-inventing the event for this moment in history,” de Blasio said.

This will not be a live parade, but the experience will be online, and on television, de Blasio said, not delving into details. 

He is reviewing the specifics with Macy’s later today.

De Blasio began by saying there are some things “we still can’t do” like have “large gatherings … parades … community events.” 

The Mayor noted he is looking forward to the parade’s hopeful return in 2021.



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