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How will the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade be different this year?

Along with eating good food and watching football, enjoying the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a cherished holiday tradition since 1924. 

Although many holiday events have been canceled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, some traditions have withstood the test of time—one of them being the 94th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which typically features a 2.5-mile route in Manhattan, usually attracts over 3.5 million people to the Big Apple, with nearly 50 million additional viewers tuning in nationwide.

While we are used to seeing the streets of New York filled with wide-eyed spectators anxiously awaiting their favorite performers and balloons, the coronavirus pandemic has drastically altered the parade's 2020 plans.

This year, the parade will be filmed over the course of two days, and the typical parade route has been abandoned in favor of staging the entire parade in front of the Macy's flagship in Herald Square. There will be no live audience, but don't worry—you'll still get to see all of the floats and performers you *love.*

In a press release, Macy's explained that the parade will feature local talent and follow all local COVID-19 filming regulations. The famous giant character balloons will be pulled by specialty motor-vehicles and a limited number of handlers. The release also ensured that Santa Claus will still be making his annual appearance at the parade.

Notable performances will include Keke Palmer, Jimmy Fallon, Ella Mai, Hamilton, Mean Girls and of course, the Rockettes.

"It will not be the same parade we're used to; it will be a different kind of event," de Blasio said in a press conference. "They are reinventing the event for this moment in history."

The parade will air on NBC and Telemundo from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on November 26. It will air at this time nationwide.

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by Claire Hutto | 11/25/2020