I think that it's fair to say that we all knew that the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was going to be different this year, the main question has been how, exactly, will it be different?

About three weeks ago, Macy's officials and New York City officials confirmed that the nearly 100-year-old event will have changes when Thanksgiving Day 2020 rolls around, but they were mum on details at the time.

Today, though, we're getting some of those details with an announcement that this year's parade will be virtual.

A Twitter announcement on the official Macy's account says that while the parade won't be marching past cheering crowds in the heart of Manhattan, we will still see the iconic character balloons, floats, and of course Santa Claus:

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave some details during a Monday briefing, saying that Macy's is going to take a similar strategy as they did with their socially distancing friendly 4th of July fireworks earlier this summer.

Macy's also gave more details on how they're adjusting the iconic family favorite event for the COVID-19 era, with guidelines that include a nearly 3/4ths reduction in participants who will be spread out over two days.

While marching and performing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has become a career high point for many high school and college marching bands over the years, organizers also announced today that the school bands that were already selected will instead take part in 2021's parade.

The 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade will take place on Thanksgiving Day itself, Thursday, November 26th starting at 9 A.M. on NBC.

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