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Thanksgiving Day parades will be very different this year…because 2020. COVID-19 has forced many parades to become exclusively televised events. But at least the traditions will continue in some form.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will still feature staples such as musical performances, balloons, floats, and the big finale with Santa Claus. However, this year’s parade will have 88% fewer participants. There won’t be any sidewalk spectators and no high school or college marching bands. Also, the normal 2.5-mile parade route has been shortened to only include the front of the Macy’s Herald Square flagship store on 34th Street in New York City. You can see it on NBC from 9:00 AM to Noon.

Charlotte’s annual Turkey Day procession will also be a television-only event. The Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature “Best Of” segments from years past, including floats, balloons, marching bands, and other local and regional performers. Watch the Queen City’s holiday history unfold on WBTV Channel 3 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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