The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has ushered in the holiday season for 96 years—and this year is no different. America's most beloved parade will still go forward on Thursday morning (9am-noon) despite a very different reality. However—like most things this very difficult year—it'll take a new form. Instead of a parade for thousands on the streets of New York, it is being re-made for television, specifically for NBC's broadcast. This means that there is no need for hundreds of balloon handlers this time. Balloons will be carried by 25 people (per balloon) who'll share the duty with utility vehicles across just one block on 34th Street (in front of Macy's Herald Square) instead of across two miles, according to The New York Times. RECOMMENDED: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020 guide There will be two new balloons this year—"Boss Baby" and the Red Titan from the YouTube series, "Ryan’s World." There won't be any live marching bands, but pre-taped bands, including New York Fire Department’s Emerald Society band and the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band, will perform. We'll also see pre-taped Broadway performances (arguably one of the best parts of the whole shebang). The following will be broadcast: Mean Girls, Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations, Hamilton and Jagged Little Pill. Additionally, Ashley Bouder, a New York City Ballet principal dancer, will perform as the pink tutu-ed Sugarplum Fairy, and 18 Rockettes from Radio City Music Hall will perform a socially-distanced number sans kickline, The Times notes. Patti LaBelle, Bebe Rexha, The Goo Goo Dolls, (patron saint) Dolly Parton, Jordin Sparks, Pentatonix, will also perform. New this year: performers from other canceled parades, including the West Indian Day Parade, The Puerto Rican Day Parade, the Pride Parade, the St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Mermaid Parade will also make pre-recorded appearances. Thankfully, Santa Claus will close out the parade as in years past. So, how do you watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year? NBC will be broadcasting it, but you can watch a livestream of the celebration on YouTube.com/Verizon, on Verizon’s Twitter account and on macys.com. Our fave "Saved By the Bell" alum Mario Lopez will be hosting. And when the parade is over and the turkey is all gone, check out these fun things to do on Thanksgiving weekend. Most popular on Time Out - Here are the Broadway numbers you’ll see in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade- Best Thanksgiving movies for kids and families- The 100 best movies of all time- NYC holiday traditions that aren’t happening this year- How to get a rapid COVID test in NYC Want to know what’s cool in the city before your friends do? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest and greatest from NYC and beyond.
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