Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to Return This Year After Going Virtual in 2020

by Samantha Whidden

It’s official: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be making its return this year in person! The event went virtual last year due to health concerns, but accord to Executive Producer of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Will Coss, the celebration will take place in the streets of New York City.

During his recent interview with Deadline, Coss states the event will be celebrating its 95th anniversary. “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.”

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade officials have also stated Macy’s is partnering with the city and state of New York to create an event production plan. The plan will ensure both health and safety protocols are following the current CDC guidelines. 

Macy’s also shares on the parade’s Q&A page that the City of New York will manage public viewing locations and safety procedures along designed portions of the route.

Macy’s shared it will implement a reduction of overall participation numbers to between 10 and 20%. All participants and staff must have the vaccine and verification. “A few exceptions to this procedure may be made at the sole discretion of Macy’s and its medical consultant based on select extenuating circumstances.”

New York City’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio, praised Macy’s work to continue the tradition last year, despite the health emergency. “[We] look forward to welcoming back parade waters to experience it safely, live, and in-person this November.”

Macy’s 95th Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide on November 25th from 9 a.m. to noon in all time zones. 

How Many Times Has the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Been Canceled? 

According to 6sqft, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been canceled only three times since its inception in 1924. This was during the years of World War II (1942-1944). But the war wasn’t the only reason why the parade didn’t debut. The cancelation was due to a helium shortage. The 2020 parade is not on the cancel list due to the fact that it was a virtual event.

During her interview with TODAY, Susan Tercero, the executive producer of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade last year, stated that safety was the event’s no. 1 priority. “We can’t do this without people in the City of New York and then state really supporting us. Guiding us along the way. It’s been a very interesting year. But our goal is to really deliver a wonderful, safe, entertaining event for everybody Thanksgiving morning.”

Last year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade saw participation cut by 75%. Tercero encouraged everyone to stay home last year. “This is nothing something to watch for New Yorkers in the street. It’s something to watch safely from their homes.”