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It’s going to look a lot different in 2020, and that includes the traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. But the holiday will be spectacular and will continue to be broadcast live so home chefs can tune in as they prepare . Here’s how to follow and what to expect this year.
What has changed?
Macy’s partnered with the City of New York to try to make this year’s parade safe without sacrificing sight.
“To avoid a large crowd gathering on our traditional 2.5-mile route in New York, we shortened the route to focus exclusively on the final leg of our annual ride,” a company spokesman said.. “On Thanksgiving Day, we will present balloons, floats, performances signed by our annual celebration and announce Santa’s arrival in front of Macy’s famous flagship, 34th Street, on NBC’s National Television Special.”
In other words, don’t head to the store, New York residents – stay home and watch the balloons and swimmers on TV or online.
The company will also reduce the number of participants, test them for COVID-19, and pre-record live broadcasts. Participants will wear a mask and social distance, student marching bands will not join this year, and the annual Thanksgiving Eve balloon inflation celebration will not be held.
A selection of giant character balloons is still available, but instead of 80-100 human handlers flying, special vehicles fly with fewer people involved.
What to look for
So much for Pikachu
Everyone needs to be captured: Spectators see a dancing Pikachu and a huge Pikachu balloon. And there is a special reason for the Pikachu passion, but for the Pokémon Societyuntil the parade begins. This is the 20th consecutive year that a Pikachu balloon will be part of the parade.
The best of Broadway
Don’t throw your shot. Performers include the highly successful musicals Hamilton, as well as other musicals, including Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of Temptations, Jagged Little Pill and Mean Girls. Radio City Rockettes will also perform.
Duel in the festive film
Lifelong celebration films have many dedicated fans, and for the first time this year, the network is taking part in the parade. His swimmer resembles a charming small town square as seen in many movies and has enough (fake, we think) snow to make 9,000 snowballs. Tori Kelly performs on the swim.
But maybe you prefer Hallmark Channel holiday movies? This network offers a float that resembles a 3D Christmas countdown calendar, with surprises behind each December date, a central fireplace and a performance by Pentatonix.
Meet the new boss
From the 2010 book, the 2017 film, and the 2018 Netflix series, the business-minded Boss Baby brings a big head and serious demeanor to the parade. There will be a new balloon this year that will spread early hype to the planned 2021 big-screen sequel, The Boss Baby: Family Business.
Tom and Jerry
There is a combined live / animated Tom and Jerry film in 2021, assuming the epidemic allows. The famous fighting cat and mouse will have a comic swim at the parade this year. In keeping with the duo’s slap-simple history, their swimmer is designed to look like it has collapsed and has gags where Tom inflates. Meowza!
How and when to watch
The parade will be shown on NBC on Thursday morning from 9 a.m. in all time zones.
You can also view it online. The Verizon sponsor broadcasts the show live Twitter and YouTube. The company encourages fans to tweet relevant family photos using the #VerizonLive and #MacysParade hashtags to get a chance at the live broadcast.
If you’re watching on your mobile device, you can check out the Parade portal, where you can view a 360-degree view of the show.
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