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What has changed?
Macy’s has partnered with New York City to try to make this year’s parade safe, without sacrificing spectacle.
“To avoid crowds of spectators along our traditional 2.5 mile route in New York City, we have shortened the route to focus solely on the final leg of our annual march,” said a company representative. .. “On Thanksgiving Day, we will be showcasing our annual celebration’s signature balloons, floats and performances and announcing the arrival of Santa in front of Macy’s famed flagship store on 34th Street for our national television special on NBC.”
In other words, don’t go to the store, New Yorkers – stay home and watch the balloons and floats on TV or online.
The company also reduces the number of participants, tests them for COVID-19 and pre-records performances that are usually live. Participants wear masks and social distance, student brass bands will not participate this year, and the annual Thanksgiving balloon celebration will not be held.
A selection of the signature giant character balloons will still be around, but instead of being flown by 80 to 100 human handlers, they’ll be flown with special vehicles that involve fewer people.
What to look for
So much Pikachu
You have to catch them all: viewers will see a group of dancing Pikachu and a huge Pikachu balloon. And there’s a special reason for all Pikachu passion, but for Pokémon Companyuntil the parade begins. This is the 20th consecutive year that a Pikachu balloon has been part of the parade.
Broadway is the best
Don’t throw your shot away. There will be performances from the cast of the blockbuster musical Hamilton, as well as other musicals including Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, Jagged Little Pill and Mean Girls. The Radio City Rockettes will also perform.
Dueling holiday movie floats
Lifelong holiday films have many devoted fans, and this year the network is taking part in the parade for the first time. The float resembles a charming town square as seen in many of the movies and has enough (fake, we suspect) snow to make 9,000 snowballs. Tori Kelly will perform on the float.
But maybe you prefer the Hallmark Channel holiday movies? That network offers a float designed to resemble a 3D Christmas countdown calendar, with surprises behind each marked December date, a central fireplace, and a Pentatonix performance.
Meet the new boss
The Boss Baby from the 2010 book, 2017 movie, and 2018 Netflix series will bring his big head and serious demeanor to the parade. He will be a new balloon this year, spreading early hype for the planned 2021 big-screen sequel The Boss Baby: Family Business.
Tom and Jerry
A combination live-action / animated Tom and Jerry movie will be released in 2021, assuming the pandemic permits. The famous fighting cat and mouse have a comical float in the parade this year. In keeping with the duo’s slapstick history, their float is designed to look like it crashed and features a prop that Tom blows up. Meowza!
How and when to watch
The parade will be broadcast on NBC on Thursdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in all time zones.
You can also watch online. Sponsor Verizon will live stream the spectacle on Twitter and YouTube. The company encourages fans to tweet relevant family photos using the hashtags #VerizonLive and #MacysParade for a chance to participate in the livestream.
If you’re watching on your mobile device, you can check out the Parade Portal for a 360-degree view of the show.
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