Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC: What Makes It Different This Year?

The parade of this year drops the young participants and spectators as it adjusts to COVID limitations. Preparations for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for this year on NBC had already been basting for months now when the coronavirus pandemic forced the organizers to cook up a new way to pull it off.

Susan Tercero, the executive producer, said that they had planned this thing about 18 months out because they do things like select the bands, design and build their floats, their balloons, and everything. 

As we can imagine, when they got to the month of March of this past year, they would already have a parade plan. Well, many of those ingredients still remain Balloons, floats, musical performances, and a Santa Claus finale.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
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But as the months went on and it became clear that the world still would not be back to normal in the fall of this year, the producers came up with a new recipe for the event of this year.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC: What Makes It Different This Year?

The 94th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade of this year will be for the television audiences only. There would not be the normal parade route of 2.5 miles or crowds along the way. Instead, the event will be tied only to the cameras that are in front of the Herald Square flagship store of Macy on 34th Street in New York City.

Tercero said that every year they have two parades, there is the one for the New Yorkers who line the parade along the streets, and they knew that could not happen, they could not march from uptown to downtown. 

The other parade is the one that happens on television for about 50 million people; they knew that was going to be their safest way of moving forward.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
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Because the producers are treating the parade of this year as a movie set, they have been able to work with the city of New York and the New York Police Department in identifying the areas to block off, so that the crowds do not try to crash the parade.

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Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, and Savannah Guthrie of NBC’s Today Show will be hosting the telecast that will be of three hours and is going to be produced by Brad Lachman Prods.

Also, you should know that Jimmy Fallon and The Roots are scheduled to open the shows.


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