This year due to the ongoing Coronavirus/Covid-19 Pandemic, there will be a major change to the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade from Macy's.
No viewers hanging out on the parade route. No participants under the age of 18, which eliminates the dozens of high school marching bands. Then again, most marching bands are probably not getting too much in person practice with schools fairly much having gone remote in student's homes.
But wait, haven't we been repeatedly told young people are safer and less at risk?
Balloons? Those great big character balloons such as Garfield, Snoopy and Waldo? Instead of being guided down the street by several handlers, they'll be tethered safely for the most part to cars. Will SpongeBob be showing his scary trademark grin?
The whole thing is expected to be televised...unless of course all the camera operators are banned as well.
Mind you, the parade was cancelled entirely during the years of U.S.A. involvement in World War Two.
And of course, this calendar year has previously cancelled other parades.
Plus, it's official the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is not happening this year. Kind of odd since the majority of parade participants in that, would be masked!
Seeing as how the Thanksgiving Day Parade was cancelled in 1942, 1943 and 1944, it has been done.
There won't be any people gathering for the watching of balloon inflation either.
Instead of the two and a half mile route, it will be in a much smaller 'staging' area.
This is sort of insane. It's far more depressing in this manner than if it was just preempted entirely.