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‘America is back’: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade returned to NYC

21:55, 25 November 2021
‘America is back’: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade returned to NYC Photo: pixabay.com

The largest parade in the world returns to New York though with most restrictions eliminated.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade returned on Thursday in almost its full extent. The traditional 2.5-mile (4km) route along the streets of Manhattan has been enjoyed by thousands of attendees and millions of TV spectators.

This year almost all restrictions have been lifted with the exception of vaccination requirements for staff members, volunteers, and spectators of the inflation of the giant balloons which is a popular part of a pre-show.

The famous giant balloons were back floating near skyscrapers and this time, unlike it was in 2020, they were handled by costumed participants. High school and college marching bands provided musical accompaniment along with Aespa, Nelly, Rob Thomas, and others.

The event was hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker who took part in a dramatic rescue operation starring Power Rangers cosplayers.

Al has also “received” an incoming phone call from US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden who wished Happy Thanksgiving to the host and American citizens and left a message to them shortly before Santa’s appearance.

“After two years, you’re back, America’s back. There’s nothing we’re unable to overcome, Al, and you’re one of the reasons for that, pal. You’re always up. You’re always rooting,” the head of state said.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced before the parade that the Waukesha attack in which 5 people have been killed on the spot and the sixth victim, an eight-year-old boy, died in hospital did not affect the event. Still, he added that security forces have been deployed excessively with thousands of police officers being present in the streets and on rooftops. 

"I’m very confident in what the NYPD has prepared to keep everyone safe."