Macy’s Day Parade

Ally Burger

Most families have their own special holiday traditions. For some families, they will not be able to continue their traditions this year due to COVID-19. Every year on Thanksgiving in New York City, one of the world’s largest parades is put on by the department store known as Macy’s. This is also known as the Macy’s Day Parade. Since 1924, the parade has had many elaborate floats depicting characters such as Olaf, Spongebob, Mickey Mouse, and of course a giant turkey. This parade is enjoyed by approximately 50 million people each year, making it one of America’s most watched televised events. 

Despite the fact that there is a pandemic, the parade will still be put on this year. 

“It will not be the same parade we’re used to; it will be a different kind of event,” New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “They are reinventing the event for this moment in history.”

It will be airing on Thanksgiving, but not in its usual form. This year the parade will be a television-only event.

“We felt it was important to continue this cherished holiday tradition that has been the opening act to the holiday season for generations of families,” executive producer of the Macy’s Day Parade, Susan Tercero said.

Many Xavier students and staff enjoy watching the parade. About 70% of Xavier’s students watch every year.

“I love watching this parade. I like it because of all of the floats and performances,” junior Zaray Vega said.

Xavier staff member Mrs. Marshall enjoys the tradition of watching the parade every year.

“I usually wake up and turn it on right away. I try to watch as much as possible before eating in the afternoon,” Marshall said.

Not only will they not be allowing spectators, they also will not be allowing anyone to participate in the parade that is under the age of 18, performances will not be live, and balloons will not be handled by humans. 

“The balloons will be carried by an innovative, specially rigged anchor vehicle framework of five specialty vehicles,” Macy’s said. 

“ It’s sad but at the same time I understand. In my eyes, I would rather have a virtual parade than no parade at all,” Marshall said.

The parade can be watched this year on Thanksgiving Day at 9:00am on NBC.