Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will not be live this year: de Blasio – New York Post

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The coronavirus has killed Macy’s live Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City this year.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that the famous retail store is instead “reinventing the event’’ with a televised and online version.

“There are some things we still can’t do,’’ the mayor said, citing continuing health concerns amid the pandemic.

“We still can’t have the kind of large gatherings that are some of the high points that this year and any year would normally have,’’ he said. “The parade and the major community events, those kinds of things, still have to wait.”

The mayor did not give specifics on what the non-live parade might look like.

But he said Macy’s was able to put on an “amazing fireworks display’’ for the July Fourth holiday even though onlookers were prevented from attending it in person.

As for the wildly popular parade, “You will be able to feel the spirit and joy of that day on television, online,’’ de Blasio said.

“Not a live parade but something that will really give us that warmth and that great feeling we have on Thanksgiving Day.”

It’s not the first time in the parade’s 96-year history that it has been canceled.

There were three other times — in 1942, 1943 and 1944 — because of helium shortages during World War II, the West Side Rag said.

The mayor said Macy’s would be revealing more details about this year’s parade later Monday.

Macy’s did not return a request for comment from The Post.

The 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving parade
2019 Thanksgiving Day ParadeGetty Images

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