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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be radically pared down due to coronavirus
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be radically pared down due to coronavirus

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be sidelined from its usual format due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, officials said Monday.

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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a nearly century-old New York City institution, will be radically pared down from its usual larger-than-life format due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, officials said Monday.

The department store announced that it had to "reimagine" the upcoming 94th edition of the parade on Nov. 26 and said it'll be staged in a manner similar to its Fourth of July fireworks show.

"Following our successful, safe and innovative production of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, it is our intention to similarly reimagine Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this November," the retail giant said in a statement.

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This year's Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show staged and recorded at several small displays across the five boroughs in the days leading up to the Independence Day show on NBC. Each display lasted just five minutes to avoid drawing crowds.

In this year's show, televised annually by NBC, parade events will be staged over two days, the overall number of participants will be reduced by approximately 75% and "all participants will be appropriately socially distanced," according to a Macy's statement. NBC is owned by NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News.