Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in Lifts During a Global Pandemic, No Audience
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In the News: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade has faced tremendous conditions within snow, rain, and winds but now with a global pandemic––the show must go on. This time, though, it’ll be a broadcast-only production.
Since the early 1940s, millions of people would line the streets of New York to witness another historic memory they’ll be able to cherish. It’s a loss for many locals and visitors this year, but they can safely watch it from the comfort of their own homes.
A statement released by Macy’s said they planned “to safely bring the spectacle to millions of viewers nationwide during this unprecedented time, the annual production will forgo marching down the traditional 2.5-mile route in Manhattan in order to avoid gathering large crowds.”
“The traditional 2.5-mile Parade route will not be utilized this year, the only way to view the celebration is on television,” said Macy’s.
According to ABC16, “Macy’s shortened the march to shift to a television-broadcast-only production with staging for Parade elements focused solely in/around the Herald Square area of Midtown Manhattan.
Media producers have teamed up with the city officials and New York Police Department by blocking off areas during the parade that might draw attention to bring up large crowds.
NYPD has been instructed to disperse any citizens they see if crowds begin to form.
Production for the event has already undergone in pre recording the event and will be providing a few live shots during the parade, so some of us won’t be able to tell what’s really being shown live at the parade.
Mario Lopez will be hosting the show as he will bring an immersive virtual experience by bringing the country together as we all give thanks.
The overall number of participants for the production has now been reduced to approximately 88% and have been split over three days.
The show is expected to start at 9 a.m. EST and live-streamed on YouTube and Verizon’s Twitter.
The parade began in New York as a way for more consumers to shop at Macy’s, and since then, it has become one of the most-watched parades in history, in comparison to Disneyland Resort’s infamous Main Street Electrical Parade.
When: November 26, 2020 (9 a.m. EST)
Where: New York, United States
Who are the major players: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will be live streamed on YouTube, hosted by Mario Lopez, and will have law enforcement preventing large crowds from forming and will disperse people for the safety of their lives during the pandemic.