The world’s largest balloons are ready to take over the streets of downtown New York. There could never be a word that would come closer than turkey being associated with Thanksgiving Day and nothing else comes close to the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Since it all began in 1924, the three-hour-long parade has been the main attraction for the city of New York every November. It has filled the buzzing city with huge and colorful animal-shaped balloons which were first used in 1928 to replace live zoo animals.
All Set and Ready!
A lot of things immediately changed this year. Fortunately, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will still happen, but in a socially distant way. For the first time in 94 years, the giant balloons, colorful floats, and Santa will be seen on a television-only special presentation.
With all that has gone through this year, it has led Macy’s to re-imagine how the event will be celebrated. This year’s parade will forgo the 2.5-mile traditional route and will make sure all performers are over 18 years old and reduced the numbers by 75%. The handlers who usually walk the balloons on the streets will also be replaced by special vehicles.
Country Music was Well Represented Over the Past 2 Years
Over the 94 years span of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, Country music artists have started to take over the scene. Since 2017, more and more country stars have slowly populated the said parade.
In 2017, American Idol star and country singer, Lauren Alaina performed on the Green Giant vegetable float. She was also joined during that year by one of the newest members of the Opry, Dustin Lynch. Lynch was seen on top of the KFC float and serenaded the whole of New York City with a taste of folk music with his hit song, “Small Town Boy.”
2018 became much more star-studded than in 2017. It featured some modern country artists including Kane Brown, Carly Pearce, and Sugarland. Of course, the iconic ‘90s artist Martina McBride was also there giving everyone a little bit of everything that they would like to see and hear.
Last year just got better as three country artists were selected to be a part of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Chris Young, Chris Janson, and Tenille Towns were selected to perform. This helped the three country stars to caped off a great year with several hits from each of them respectively.
While we wait for more details on what we could expect this year, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will surely not disappoint us despite its new format.