For the first time in nearly 100 years, New York City will not play host to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The iconic parade, which draws tourists from all over the world to pack the streets of Manhattan with its floats and performances, has officially been cancelled by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The Thanksgiving Parade, Broadway shows and Radio City Rockettes are traditionally some of the most popular tourist destinations.With some of the biggest events missing the economic depression in NYC is bound to linger, for years, even after the COVID-19 threat becomes part of the cities history
The mayor announced the decision during a Monday press conference, where he said the parade would be held “virtually” this year due to the pandemic.
“It will not be the same parade we’re used to,” de Blasio said. “[Macy’s is] reinventing the event for this moment in history. And you will be able to feel the spirit and the joy of that day.”
“Virtual events” have become increasingly popular since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, and Macy’s has already hosted a virtual fireworks event for its annual 4th of July celebration.
Virtual events however do nothing to the struggling businesses that count on millions of tourists which flow into the city, every year