Holiday floats, big balloons, Broadway performances, and an appearance from Santa Clause all excite both locals and tourists about New York in November. Due to Covid-19, the festivities might look a little different in 2020, but never fear, Thanksgiving in New York is still happening. We are here to tell you about the reimaging of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!(opens in a new tab)
Normally, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route begins at the American Museum of Natural History and ends at Macy’s on 34th street. This year, the safety of participants and spectators(opens in a new tab) is the top priority, which means that the traditional 2.5-mile route has been reduced to the last section of the typical route. The balloons, floats, performances, and the arrival of Santa will all be televised from in front of the 34th street store, broadcast to millions who will experience the spectacle from the safety and comfort of their own homes(opens in a new tab)!
Two brand new balloons(opens in a new tab) will make their parade debuts this year! You’ll be delighted by a 42-foot tall rendition of Red Titan from “Ryan’s World”, whose cape will be the longest cape in the history of the parade! Also appearing for the first time is a 48-foot tall Boss Baby from “Boss Baby 2: Family Business.” Boss Baby’s go-to accessory, his briefcase is so large it could hold a whopping 540,000 crayons! Keep your eye out for annual parade favorites such as Snoopy (this year dressed as an astronaut), the Pillsbury Doughboy, and Ronald McDonald.
One of the most inspirational floats in this year’s Macy’s Parade is called “Her Future is STEM-sational(opens in a new tab).” The float “celebrates and inspires females to shoot for the start in pursuing opportunities, studies, and careers in science.” The float, sponsored by Olay, will also feature singer Karol G. Be sure to keep an eye out for Jennie-O’s “Big Turkey Spectacular(opens in a new tab),” Lifetime’s “Christmas in Town Square(opens in a new tab),” and Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Tom and Jerry’s Tourist Trap(opens in a new tab)” which was inspired by the Macy’s Parade balloons! For fans of the New York arts scene, the New York City Ballet will be performing on a float sponsored by Delta Airlines called “Central Park.”