Skip to comments.Mayor Bill de Blasio cancels iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and says it will be reimagined as a virtual event
Posted on 09/14/2020 10:12:53 AM PDT by Hojczyk
De Blasio announced that the Thanksgiving Day parade will be held virtually this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday
It will not be the same parade were used to, he said. [Macys is] reinventing the event for this moment in history
The mayor said the parade will not be live but will be available online and on TV
Macys is expected to release additional details about its plans later Monday
For the first time in nearly a century the iconic Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade will not be taking to the streets of New York City.
At a press conference on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the parade will be held virtually this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
It will not be the same parade were used to, de Blasio said. [Macys is] reinventing the event for this moment in history. And you will be able to feel the spirit and the joy of that day.
The parade will not be live this year but viewers can watch it online and on TV, the mayor said.
He praised Macys for successfully adapting its Fourth of July fireworks display and expressed excitement for how it will reimagine the parade as well.
There are some things we still cant do, de Blasio. Were looking forward to a lot of them coming back in 2021.
For the first time in nearly a century the iconic Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade will not be taking to the streets of New York City this November (file photo)
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that the parade will be held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic
Macys addressed the upcoming changes in a post on its website, writing: Following our successful, safe and innovative production of Macys 4th of July Fireworks®, it is our intention to similarly reimagine Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade this November.
De Blasio said the retail giant will be releasing more details about their plans later on Monday.
Macys held its first Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924 to mark the opening of its worlds largest store in New York City.
The parade through the streets of Manhattan quickly became a beloved American tradition with more than 3.5 million people attending and another 50 million tuning in to watch it on TV each year.
Roughly 10,000 people including 4,000 Macys employees come together to put on the parade each year.
In recent years the cost of the parade has topped $4million between balloon costs, float decorations and property taxes, according to GoBankingRates.
Last month de Blasio indicated that portions of the parade would still be held in person this year.
Some is going to be virtual, there might be some small in-person pieces, spread out pieces, its not going to look at all of course like how we are used to, he said on August 20.
My wife will be crushed.
I guess if you are going to destroy New York you may as well go all-in.
Power is so much fun.
How about a mostly peaceful parade?
Luckily, he can’t cancel Halloween; the kids will be wearing masks.
Trying to imagine how much lost revenue this will be for NYC businesses. If there are ANY businesses left in NYC by then.
I predicted they would cancel Thanksgiving. Christmas is next. What better way to destroy Trump’s economy that they hate so much?
Dumb old Macys should have just put a BLM float at the very front of the parade. Then not only would de Blasio have approved the parade, he would have driven that float.
Not sure I would want my kid out *this* Halloween, three days before Election Day. If it become apparent that Biden is going to lose, trick-or-treating a liberal’s house would be a huge risk.
There is something just not right about de Blasio.
So...rioters are okay but parade goers are not okay. Got it.
This guy needs to be taken 5000 ft up in a copter and thron out to land on an airport tarmac!
“Luckily, he cant cancel Halloween; the kids will be wearing masks”.
LOL! Excellent point.
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