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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to be stationary due to COVID-19 : TheGrio [Video]

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    NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 21: Onlookers watch and take photographs as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade staff inflate balloons in Manhattan’s Upper West Side on November 21, 2012 in New York City. The 86th annual event is the second oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the U.S. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)

    For the first time in its more than 90-year history, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be a “television only special presentation.” 

    The retail giant announced on Monday that the change in the traditional 2.5-mile parade route is an effort to “avoid gathering millions of spectators in person.” A majority of the show will be live but some segments will be prerecorded, as “part of our plan to socially distance our participants.”

    The parade will be taped over two days, with 75% fewer participants. Masks and social distancing will be enforced, bloomberg.comreports. Local bands will perform instead of regional high-school and college marching bands. All parade participants will be 18 years of age …

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