Macy’s says people can come back to watch the Thanksgiving parade in New York

Macy's says people can come back to watch the Thanksgiving parade in New York

A Charlie Brown balloon floats on 6th Avenue during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City.

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Macy’s said on Wednesday audiences would once again be roaming the streets of New York City to watch their annual Thanksgiving Parade live.

The event of this year 95. will marke Macy’s replay of the iconic balloon-filled parade. Live music performances will also be returning, including marching bands that were scheduled to perform during last year’s parade.

Last year, the event was dramatically canceled due to the Covid pandemic. He did not use his usual 2.5 mile parade route and instead switched to a TV show only.

“We are delighted to host Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in its entirety,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “We appreciate the work of Macy’s for creatively continuing this beloved tradition over the past year.”

Macy’s said it got best practices from its latest fireworks show on July 4, which this year drew an audience after returning to 2020.

For its Thanksgiving parade, Macy’s said all volunteer participants and staff should be vaccinated against COVID-19. To enforce social distancing along the parade route, Macy’s said it would reduce the number of participants by 20%, or about 800 to 1,600 participants.

The department store chain also said it was still thinking about how to handle the balloon inflation that occurred the day before the parade during a public viewing.

Macy’s said it will continue to monitor changing health trends and stand ready to implement contingency plans if necessary.

Find the full Macy’s press release here.

Disclosure: Comcast NBCUniversal is the parent company of CNBC and NBC has been broadcasting the program since 1953.



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