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De Blasio announces 'reinvented' Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade—mass protest can go on as usual

Claiming that the parade would be "reinvented," de Blasio said that large gatherings, such as parades, would still be on hold as of late November.

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Speaking to New Yorkers this morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the iconic annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade would be held virtually this year.

Claiming that the parade would be "reinvented," de Blasio said that large gatherings, such as parades, would still be on hold as of late November.

"It will not be the same parade we're used to. It will be a different kind of event. They're reinventing the event for this moment in history."

De Blasio said that it would not be "a live parade, but something that will really give us that warmth and that great feeling we have on Thanksgiving day."

He said that this would not prevent people from feeling "the spirit and joy" of the event, even though they would be watching it not in person with thousands of other turkey day revelers, but at home, either streaming, or on television.

Specifics of the plans have not yet been released.

The annual event, which began in 1924, features balloons, celebrities, bands, dancers, and floats, and is a mainstay of the holiday season in New York City.

Protests, however, have not been reinvented, and have been permitted to go on despite the lack of social distancing. Perhaps if Macy's planned a series of BLM floats and balloons, they parade would be allowed to go on as scheduled.

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