Macy’s Thanksgiving parade returns, with all the trimmings

The 2.5-mile parade winds through New York City in all its glamour


National News

November 25, 2021 - 9:13 AM

Kermit the Frog in the 2002 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.(Rohanna Mertens for The Journal News)

NEW YORK (AP) — Crimped by the coronavirus pandemic last year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returned Thursday in full, though with precautions.

Balloons, floats, marching bands, clowns and performers — and, of course, Santa Claus — once again began wending Thursday morning though 2 1/2 miles of Manhattan streets, instead of being confined to one block or sometimes pre-taped last year.

Spectators, shut out in 2020, lined the route again. High school and college marching bands from around the country were invited back to the lineup; most of last year’s performers were locally based to cut down on travel. The giant balloons, tethered to vehicles last year, got their costumed handlers back.

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