Macy’s to Require Masks and Vaccinations for Thanksgiving Day Parade

Participants within the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade should be masked and vaccinated, with a number of exceptions, the corporate stated on Wednesday, because the annual custom plans a return to a model of its previous self this November after a muted efficiency final 12 months.

The announcement is the newest signal that New York is decided to resume some semblance of normalcy even because it grapples with the unfold of the extremely contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.

Macy’s stated its 95th celebration would journey an extended route than the one block it was confined to in 2020 and herald marching bands and different teams that have been unable to carry out final 12 months. It will enable 80 to 100 handlers for its big character balloons after decreasing the quantity final 12 months.

The firm stated that it anticipated 1000’s of contributors once more, although fewer than its typical eight,000, and that each one volunteer contributors and workers should be totally vaccinated. They should additionally put on face coverings, with some exceptions for performers, and preserve social distancing all through a lot of the occasion.

The pandemic upended traditions together with festivals and Santa Claus conferences final 12 months, and the parade turned largely a tv occasion as many spectators have been instructed to keep dwelling and the parade route shrank from its traditional two-mile stretch. Some balloons even had flights that have been pretaped for broadcast. A consultant for Macy’s stated the corporate was nonetheless figuring out this 12 months’s route however anticipated that it might be nearer to two miles.

“We applaud Macy’s work to creatively continue this beloved tradition last year,” Mayor Bill de Blasio stated in a press release, “and look forward to welcoming back parade watchers to experience it safely, live and in person this November.”