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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1979.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a parade that happens every Thanksgiving. It is held in New York City. It is presented by chain store business Macy's. It started in 1924. The parade often includes many balloons, floats, celebrities, songs and more. It ends with the arrival of Santa Claus, which marks the start of the Christmas and holiday season. The hosts of The Today Show also host this event by introducing new acts in the parade.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City, Macy's stated that it planned to change the format of the parade in accordance with New York health orders. The parade is being produced as a "television-only special presentation" over a two-day period, with 75% fewer participants and social distancing enforced. The event will not include college and high school marching bands nor any participant under 18 years of age. Balloons will be tethered to a "specially rigged anchor vehicle framework of five specialty vehicles" rather than carried by handlers, and the full parade route will not be used — with all activity limited to the Herald Square area. Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio stated that it will "[not be] a live parade, but something that will really give us that warmth and that great feeling we have on Thanksgiving day."

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