According to the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and the City of New Rochelle, this year's Thanksgiving Parade, planned for Saturday, Nov. 21, was canceled due to health and safety concerns because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade is a time-honored Chamber and City tradition that many look forward to each year," noted Rob Hayes, President of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce. "This would have been the 57th annual New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade."
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition continues this year live from 34th Street, but the department store giant has reimagined their celebration to kick off the holidays more safely this year.
The parade will be broadcasted on NBC 9am-noon for all of America to enjoy from their homes. This cherished American tradition will feature many of the floats, balloons, and entertainers that viewers have come to love.
In order to avoid gathering large crowds of spectators along the traditional 2.5-mile route in New York City, they have shortened the route to focus solely on the last section. On Thanksgiving Day, they will showcase the annual celebration’s signature balloons, floats, performances and herald the arrival of Santa Claus, in front of Macy’s famed flagship store.
"Macy's believes in celebration and the joy of marking milestone moments with family and friends. The Macy's Parade is our love letter and gift to the City of New York and the nation. Under the unique challenges of these unparalleled times, we felt it was important to continue this cherished holiday tradition that has been the opening act to the holiday season for generations of families," said Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "While it will certainly look different in execution, this year's Macy's Parade celebration will once again serve its historical purpose — to bring joy into the hearts of millions across the nation."
Macy’s stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. This year, they encourage customers to shop on macys.com and through the Macy’s mobile app.
In accordance with the guidance of public health officials and Governor Ned Lamont, the 2020 Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular has been canceled.
“We know the Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular is a time-honored community tradition that many look forward to each year, and we thank our sponsors, participants, volunteers and residents for their patience and understanding. This would have been the 27th annual Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular and is the first year that is has had to be canceled.” said David Kooris, President of Stamford Downtown.