The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade next week features 40 novelty balloons, 26 floats, 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers, 11 marching bands, 1,000 clowns, and 300 pounds of glitter. There are about 60 full-time employees on staff who put everything together and about 4,000 employees who march in the 2.5 mile parade. Watching from the streets of Manhattan will be about 3.5 million people.
Oh wait. That was last year. The 2020 edition has been reworked. Segments will be pre-taped and aired during the November 26 broadcast on NBC.
Usually Broadway shows perform outside the Macy’s storefront with the parade following down from the Upper West Side. This year, the parade will be condensed to one city block on 34th Street.
There will be 75 percent fewer participants than usual. Those huge balloons will be attached to vehicles. No one under the age of 18 will be allowed to take part. All previously selected high school and college marching bands will be invited to the 2021 parade.
One of the Broadway performances this year will be the cast of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. They were also in the 2019 parade.
OK. Since the cast was stopped abruptly when they were ready to break in to song…
There aren’t many great Thanksgiving songs. This is one of the few.