Messi’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020: times, channels, free livestreams and COVID-19 security

Like many traditions in 2020 – including Thanksgiving – the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is not going to proceed as normal.

The parade, which usually draws lots of viewers in New York City, will be mostly an event only broadcast this year due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

The 94th Messi’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will shed its usual 2.5-mile route to prevent large crowds. “Instead of having 80 to 100 handlers, some balloons would be made of five special vehicles,” says Macy’s and NBC, with a specially rigged anchor teether structure.

The event is limited to 88% of its usual number of participants, and those are being spread over three days (although the parade is still being broadcast as an event).

In addition to the change in the general parade route, the number of participants, balloon handlers and for more than three days, the parade has implemented the following changes:

  • All people participating in the parade are being tested for COVID-19 and undergo a wellness check before the event.
  • No one under the age of 18 is allowed to participate. Professional marching bands and clothing are replacing high school and college marching bands this year.
  • Artists and participants will be socially perverted and wear masks.
  • Most of the participants are from the tri-state region.

A preview of the Jenny-O float at Messy’s Parade.Eugene Golgerski | Getty Images

The parade will close Broadway’s “Ein to Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptation,” a show capped by the COVID-19 epidemic with a performance by Hamilton, “Mean Girls.” “jagged Little Pill.”

There will also be performances by artists and Muppets from Radio City Rockets, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Patty LaBel, Dolly Parton, Leslie Odom Jr., Babe Rexa, Jordin Sparks, Sebastian Yatra, Brett Young, Pentatonix, Sesame Street. CNCO, Sophia Carson, Lauren Alaina, Ally Brooke, Tori Kelly and Karol G.

Miss America Camille Schier will undoubtedly make an appearance with Santa.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020

Olay’s Her Future has a stealth STEM-Sational float.Eugene Golgerski | Getty Images

New Balloons for 2020: “Boss Baby and the Red Titan from Ryan’s World.”

Returning Balloons: Astronaut Snoopy, Sinclair Oil Dino, Elf on the Shelf, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” Pillsbury Dogboy, Ronald McDonald, “Pav Petrol” from Chase, RPG Squarepants, Smokey the Bear, Go Bowling Balloon, Hug. , “The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two” from Björn, Jojo and Flake on Netflix, Love Flies Up the Sky by Yoyoi Kusma, The Nutcracker and “Trolls”.

Another returning balloon, Pikachu, will reportedly arrive with a team of Pikachu dancers, presumably to make an announcement or tease an upcoming project.

This year’s new tableaux are Turkish brand Jenny-O’s Big Turkish Spectrum with Babe Rexa, Ole’s Every Future is STEM-Sational, Lifetime’s “Christmas in Town Square” with Tori Kelly and Warner Bros. Pictures. Pictures “floated for Tom and Jerry’s Tourist Trap.”

The parade will air from 9am to 9pm on Thursday from 2pm to 5pm with the Enoro presentation.

NBC and Telemundo will broadcast the parade.

For the first time, NBC will provide a live audio description of the parade through the Secondary Audio Program (SAP) as well as audio descriptions.

There will be a stream on Messi’s website at 8 am ET. You can also go to or To watch the parade starting at 9 am.

“Today” hosts Hoda Kotab, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker will host for NBC. Adamri Lopez, Rodner Figueroa, Jessica Carrillo and Nastasja Bolivar will host Telemundo. Mario Lopez is hosting the Verizon Stream.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020

Tom and Jerry swam.Eugene Golgerski | Getty Images

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Amy Kuperinsky can be reached [email protected].

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