- Previous years’ participants to the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade numbered from 8,000 to 10,000 people.
- This year, only 12% (around 960 people) will be allowed.
- The significant cut is prompted by the surge in coronavirus cases in New York.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Executive producer Susan Tercero said, “The plan is good. It’s not exactly what we wanted it to be, but I imagine everyone has a story like that in 2020. It was in the best interest of everybody to reduce our footprint.”
The parade organizers have been discussing options in order for the parade to still push through amid the pandemic but it would really have to be scaled down.
Part of the plan is to allow only 12% of its normal year participants to be featured in the parade. This would mean that from between 8,000 to 10,000 people that include dancers, marching bands, float handlers, there will only be about 960 people.
Out-of-town high school and college marching bands from across the country who flock to New York City for the Thanksgiving Day parade will have to wait for next year to participate.
The parade will still be broadcasted on television to millions of Americans. New Yorkers who look forward to seeing the parade in action will have to manage their expectations. The performers and floats will not parade along Central Park West as crowds will be kept at bay to make sure that social distancing is practiced.
Float participants will also be trimmed down to 25% and the parade will just be in front of Macy’s flagship store on 34th street.
This year’s floats would also be directed by a “specially rigged anchor vehicle framework” that is made up of five cars approved by the city’s transportation department. The “marshals” who see to it that parade floats don’t fly off will also be absent.
These measures are being undertaken as there has been a surge in coronavirus cases in the state, causing public schools to close down.
Source: New York Daily News