It seems to be a sign of the times. The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be different this year, like so many other things. The parade, which always takes place in New York City, will be virtual this year as the city tries to maintain safe protocols during the pandemic that has spread around the world.

The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be shown as a NBC Television Special. That means that you will see no kids lining the parade route. In fact there will be no parade route.

The Macy's parade is in its 94th year and will air on NBC Thanksgiving morning. This year's parade will shift to TV and will be billed on television as a special presentation.

According to the mayor, the number of those who will be participating in the parade will be reduced and social distancing and masks will all be mandatory. The normal 2 1/2 mile parade route will be downsized to the Harold Square area of midtown Manhattan.

With large gatherings of citizens still a no no in New York, this annual parade will not be a "live parade" that everyone is used to. Organizers are reinventing the event for this moment in time.

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