Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade being 'reinvented' for 2020: De Blasio

SpongeBob Square Pants & Gary balloon makes its way down Sixth Avenue during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday Nov. 28 2019 in New York

"New York City is always proud to join Macy's to ring in the holiday season with New Yorkers and viewers around the world".

Macy's announced the 2020 Thanksgiving Day Parade on Monday (Sept. 14), but noted that the event is being reworked this year.

"It will not be the same parade we're used to", he said.

This year's parade will forego its normal 2.5 mile route from the Upper West Side to Herald Square, and will instead contain all events inside Herald Square.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city had worked closely with Macy's to come up with a safe and creative plan to keep the parade - a more than 90-year tradition that typically kicks off the holiday gift buying season - on schedule in the city that was once the US epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

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"They are reinventing the event for this moment in history", de Blasio said at his daily coronavirus briefing.

After that event, a statement from Macy's explains, the company begin looking at how to successfully execute its traditional parade in a similar manner. In accordance with coronavirus restrictions, all performers will be required to maintain social distancing and wear face masks.

No one participating in the parade will be under 18, and high school and college marching bands will be replaced by professional marching and musical ensembles from the local area. "While it will certainly look different in execution, this year's Macy's Parade celebration will once again serve its historical goal - to bring joy into the hearts of millions across the nation".

"We've worked closely with the Macy's team on a safe and creative plan this year, and we look forward to keeping this tradition going on Thanksgiving Day", Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

In July, Macy's annual Fourth of July fireworks display, which also usually features star-studded performances, was put together as a mostly pre-taped event with remote performances.

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