Gobble, Gulp. The 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be unlike any other, and here’s how to watch every giant balloon, elaborate float, and heartwarming performance online.
Even a global pandemic will affect the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeThe 94th edition of the time-honored holiday tradition will take place on Thursday, Nov. 26 at 9:00 am EST. While it may look a little different this year, the parade still promises to cheer Turkey Day for those watching from home. There will still be plenty of eye-catching floats, giant balloons, and musical performances to keep you in the loop Thanksgiving spirit, and best of all, you can watch it online for free. For the fifth year in a row, NBCU and Verizon have teamed up to bring “Verizon Live: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” Fans can tune in above to watch like Mario Lopez houses this unique view of the procession of the day. look at the Thanksgiving Day Parades from Years Past.
For those who want to watch the traditional way, the show is broadcast on NBC. Some of the Network’s Biggest Names – Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and more – appear during the broadcast.
To help stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will adhere to CDC guidelines. That means the parade forgo the traditional 2.5-mile march through the streets of Manhattan. Instead, the parade will be limited to Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street, and there will be no spectators. The number of participants in this year’s parade has been reduced by 88% and no one under 18 is allowed. Over the course of several days, the ‘parade’ will be ‘reimagined as a televised event leading up to the Thanksgiving Day live broadcast’. Meaning: many of the elements of the parade are pre-recorded.
Despite these changes, the parade will still feature its signature giant balloons. Rather than float through downtown Manhattan (which requires 80 to 100 handles for safe departures), they will “use an innovative, specially-rigged anchor vehicle frame of five specialty vehicles.” There will also be plenty of floats, street performers (look out for “Unofficial Mayor of Coney Island” Dick Zigun and Lynn Nottage representing the Coney Island Mermaid Parade), and musical performances.
Actually, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 2020 has quite a bit musical arrangementFans can expect such acts as AJR Ally Brooke, Bebe Rexha, CNCO, Darlene Love, Dolly Parton, Karol G, Keke Palmer advertisement Patti Labelle. In addition, Broadway is returning after the 2020 and 2021 seasons have been shortened by COVID. Numbers from Mean Girls, Hamilton, Jagged Little Pill, and Ain’t Too Proud: The Life And Times of the Temptations will be performed during the parade.