The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of and canceled even more. Countless graduations, vacations, games, and other ceremonies have been completely lost. Other events and entire lines of business are just in limbo until travel and congregating becomes safer. Each new cancellation feels like another punch to the gut, but when something stands out and manages to still happen against the stacked corona-odds, it makes it that much more impressive. This is why it’s awesome that Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the annual signifier of the start of the Christmas season, will still happen this year.
While everyone has lost something, and some much more than others, it’s always encouraging when we find out ways to get small pieces of our old lives back. The NBA was able to masterfully execute its bubble plan to restart the season, which was mocked when it was announced. And while baseball has run into its share of COVID-related delays and cancellations, the season bounced back from a precarious spot and has been chugging along with the shortened season.
These are success stories even if you aren’t a sports fan. Heck, just look at the NBA bubble. The league worked with scientists from Harvard to develop a saliva test to help keep the bubble safer and the recent FDA approval of that test might be the single best piece of COVID news in weeks. So when Macy’s announced the annual parade would go on, it’s news we should all celebrate.
“For more than 90 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has kicked off the holiday season with its signature entertainment spectacle, making it one of the world’s most beloved events,” the company said in a statement on its website.
“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.”
— Time Out New York Kids (@TimeOutKids) August 24, 2020
The company said more details would be available in the fall, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the event would look very different, but it’s definitely a positive that the longstanding tradition will happen at all.
The Thanksgiving tradition started in 1924 and has been carried live on TV since the 1950s, and while it will be a bit scaled-down this year, seeing a giant Snoopy balloon floating through New York will be a small win for traditions everywhere.