BY: PHEOBE HORIBE
This year, the Macy’s Day Parade will be a little different due to coronavirus restrictions. They will not block off the usual route for the parade, but rather have a made-for-tv production on Thanksgiving Day from 9am to 12pm. The parade can normally be seen on its 2 ½ mile route, but this year it will stay mainly around Herald Square where the Macy’s flagship store is located.
There will still be elaborate floats and balloons for all to see on their televisions, but due to social distancing rules and large group restrictions, there will not be people pulling the floats and balloons, but rather, they will anchor them in one place.
As usual, Broadway shows will also be performing near Broadway and 34th Street. All performers will be wearing masks and will be socially distancing during their performances. They are also encouraging people not to stand around and watch.
All cast members are being brought in from the Tri-State area, so some former cast members will be making a small return to their roles for this event and some cast members from the tours will also perform. Here’s some shows and performers you can expect to see at this year’s parade.
The cast of Dear Evan Hansen is expected to perform the well-known number “You Will Be Found”. Come From Away will perform “Somewhere In The Middle of Nowhere.” The cast of Hamilton will also be performing and it was recently announced that Joshua Henry would be playing the role of Aaron Burr.
Mean Girls is also set to perform with Reneé Rapp who posted photos of their rehearsal on her Instagram. The official Mean Girls Twitter account tweeted “…watch @reneemjrapp and more of our #MeanGirlsBway cast perform “Someone Gets hurt” at the #MacysParade!” along with a photo of the rehearsal.
Similarly, Antonio Cipriano posted on his Instagram a couple rehearsal photos of the Jagged Little Pill cast yesterday though there is no confirmation as to what they will perform. Ain’t Too Proud is also on the docket to perform but they have not announced what they will be performing but will include current cast members Jelani Remy, Jawan M. Jackson, James Harkness, Nik Walker and Elijah Ahmad Lewis.
A few other notable performers include Pentatonix, Dolly Parton, and Patti LaBelle who will all be performing in the parade as well.
Tune in Nov. 26 to NBC to watch all these performances and until then, check out this Thanksgiving Day Playlist!