Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will go on virtually this year

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — While it will look different than in the past, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will still go on this Thursday, despite the pandemic.

“You can count on us to still have all of the things that you know and love about the parade,” says Susan Tercero, executive producer of the annual parade.

She notes that planning the event for this year has not been easy, but organizers were determined to make the 2020 parade happen.

“We embraced that challenge and we said, ‘We're going to do it.’ And even as the past few weeks have kind of transformed maybe even what some of our original plans where, we've been flexible because ultimately, we want to see it cross that finish line,” Tercero said.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade won’t shut down Manhattan this year with performances, marchers and giant balloons, but aspects of the parade will still be there.

Over the last few weeks, performances have been recorded that will be included in the live broadcast on Thanksgiving Day to space out talent, performers and crew members.

“We are also testing everybody. Everybody has to go and have negative for COVID and then they come in and they received well checks. They are required to wear a mask they have to socially distance,” Tercero explains.

The taped and live performances have, and will, take place on a closed set in Herald Square so spectators don't gather to watch.

The 94th edition of the iconic event will still feature giant character balloons, animated floats, street performances, musical acts and Santa Claus.

The only way to watch will be on Thursday, Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon on NBC.

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