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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Returns to NYC for 2021

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Returns to NYC for 2021

This iconic Thanksgiving tradition kicks off the holidays each year, and it's slated to return to the streets of NYC this year!

Macy’s and the City of New York announced today the return of the world-famous Thanksgiving Day Parade Celebration, set to celebrate its 95th year. The parade will take to the streets of Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 25, beginning at 9am. It will air nationwide on NBC from 9am-12pm. 

Though details are yet to be finalized, the 2021 parade plan includes:

  • Macy's Parade's signature mix of giant helium balloons, floats, celebrities, groups of clowns, and Santa Claus (of course!)
  • Marching bands, cheer squads, and specialty group performances originally slated for the 2020 parade
  • The return of the Macy's Balloon Inflation event is currently under consideration. More information will be announced in November. 

“We are thrilled to welcome back in its full form the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a world-renowned celebration that ushers in the magic of being in New York City during the holiday season,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We applaud Macy’s work to creatively continue this beloved tradition last year and look forward to welcoming back Parade watchers to experience it safely, live and in person this November.”


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What to Expect at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021

To once again safely produce the annual Thanksgiving celebration, Macy’s partnered closely with the City and State of New York to create an event production plan that would ensure health and safety practices are aligned with current CDC guidelines, as well as local and state government protocols.

The health and well-being of participants and spectators continues to be their No. 1 priority, Macy's said in a press release. 

Following the most up-to-date health guidelines, the city will manage public viewing locations and safety procedures along designated portions of the route. Details on the exact public viewing locations including viewing maps, entry guidelines, and restrictions will be announced in November. Spectators are encouraged to check in advance of their travel to the parade route.

For its participants and staff, Macy’s will put in place several health and safety procedures across all areas of the production. 

2021 health and safety procedures include, but are not limited to the following:

  • All volunteer participants and staff will be vaccinated. A few exceptions may be made at the discretion of Macy’s and its medical consultant, in which case a COVID-19 test will be administered.

  • Participants and staff regardless of vaccination status will wear face coverings and additional protective equipment. As appropriate, exceptions may include singers, dancers, and musicians who are performing.

  • Macy’s will reduce the overall number of parade participants.

  • Social distancing practices will be in place at all interior/exterior parade operations.

“Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a New York City institution for more than nine decades, growing to become an icon of American pop culture as it annually marks the official start of the holiday season,” said Will Coss, executive producer of the parade. “For our 95th celebration, we are delighted to return this cherished holiday tradition closer to its original form as we march down the streets of New York City and into the homes of a nationwide audience.”

Main photo by Kent Mille

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Barbara Russo

Author: Barbara Russo is a freelance writer who holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the City University of New York. She enjoys playing guitar, following current events, and hanging out with her pet rabbits. See More

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