One other vacation custom is again for the general public to take pleasure in: The spectacle of seeing dozens of balloons being inflated for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Nonetheless, this yr all attendees should be vaccinated (kids underneath 12 can go to with a vaccinated grownup).
Final yr’s parade was a smaller pandemic occasion, located by Macy’s flagship retailer in Herald Sq.. This yr, the parade will begin once more on the Higher West Aspect and make its means down Central Park West, throughout Central Park South, then down Sixth Avenue earlier than winding round thirty fourth Road to Macy’s at Broadway.
The balloons—dozens of them, from massive character balloons like veterans Pillsbury Dough Boy, Snoopy, and Pikachu and newcomers Ada Twist, Scientist and Child Yoda, aka Grogu, to the smaller vacation balloons—shall be inflated on the Higher West Aspect on Wednesday, November twenty fourth. The inflation shall be open to the general public between 12 and 6 p.m., and along with vaccinated visitors, there shall be capability limits to make sure social distancing.
Guests might want to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination by exhibiting both an authentic CDC vaccination card, a cell vaccination app (like NYC COVID Protected, CLEAR Well being Go, NY State Excelsior Go), or a photograph of their vaccination card plus a photograph ID that matches the proof of vaccination. Macy’s additional states, “A negative test will not be accepted in lieu of vaccinated status.”
Youngsters underneath 12 might attend with a vaccinated grownup.
The entry to the balloon inflation will begin at 72nd Road and Columbus Avenue (a lot additional south than in years previous), the place there shall be a vaccination and safety checkpoint. After that, balloon fans stroll east on 72nd Road and up Central Park earlier than seeing the inflation festivities on 77th and 81st Streets across the American Museum of Pure Historical past.
The general public attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday, November twenty fifth, don’t must be vaccinated. In keeping with the retailer, “The Macy’s Parade travels through some of Manhattan’s largest avenues & thoroughfares with broad sidewalks & public plazas, all offering ample space for viewing in a safe manner. There is no vaccination requirement for general public for this outdoor event. Spectators are encouraged to enjoy the festive event safely with appropriate precautions including wearing masks as well as suitable outerwear for the late November weather.”
Kickoff is at 9 a.m.; folks usually collect hours earlier than for prime spots.