Covid-19 did not cancel one of our favorite holiday traditions, and for that we’re very thankful! The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is moving forward this year, but, as with many events in 2020, it is being reimagined. For the first time in its nearly 100-year history, the annual spectacle is being modified…though if you typically watch the parade from the comfort of your own home, you might not even notice a difference—more on that below.
In light of the pandemic, the beloved event, which started in 1924, is being produced solely as a television event. Macy’s partnered with the City of New York to devise a safe plan in order to keep the cherished tradition alive during these unprecedented times. Macy’s believes in celebration and the joy of marking milestone moments with family and friends. The Macy’s Parade is our love letter and gift to the City of New York and the nation.
- 1 When is the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
- 2 What time does the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade start?
- 3 Will there be a 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade parade route?
- 4 If there is no parade route, how will the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade take place?
- 5 Will there be balloons at the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
- 6 What balloons will be making their Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade debut?
When is the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
The iconic parade will broadcast on Thanksgiving Day Nov. 26, 2020.
What time does the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade start?
The world-famous holiday event will air nationwide from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in all time zones.
How to watch and stream the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV and online
Tune into the parade on NBC, or stream on NBC.com after signing in with your TV provider.
Will there be a 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade parade route?
To avoid large crowds from gathering amid the pandemic, the traditional 2.5-mile parade route will not be utilized this year. Instead, Macy’s has shortened the route to focus on the last section of the annual event in front of Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street.
If there is no parade route, how will the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade take place?
The parade is shifting to a television-broadcast-only production. So what does that mean? A spokesperson for Macy’s tells Parade.com, “The majority of the Parade will be broadcast live from 34th Street on Thanksgiving Day, adding that there will be some smaller portions prerecorded a day earlier to ensure appropriate social distancing efforts of participants in the area.
The shift to a TV broadcast really only affects locals who usually come out to watch the spectacle in-person, since the parade won’t be marching down the 2.5-mile route in New York City this year. Everyone including New Yorkers this year will experience it on television, the spokesperson notes.
Will there be balloons at the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
What’s the Macy’s parade without balloons?! Macy’s signature character balloons will be taking flight, though they won’t be flown with the traditional 80 to 100 handlers, but rather with a specially rigged anchor vehicle framework of five specialty vehicles, according to Macy’s.
What balloons will be making their Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade debut?
Two new balloons are being added to this year’s parade, including Red Titan from Ryan’s World. The 42-foot tall character balloon, based on YouTube star Ryan of Ryan’s World‘s alter ego Red Titan, marks the parade’s first-ever YouTube-inspired balloon. The Boss Baby from the upcoming DreamWorks Animation movie The Boss Baby: Family Business will also be making its parade debut.