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New York City Mayor de Blasio confirms Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will go on without crowd

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The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

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New York City will host this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, though the celebration will “not be the same parade we’re used to,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday. 

“It will be a different kind of event. They’re reinventing the event for this moment in history, and you’ll be able to feel the spirit and the joy of that day on television, online. Not a live parade but something that will really give us that warmth and that great feeling we have on Thanksgiving Day,” de Blasio said during his daily press briefing. 

Macy’s, which modified its Fourth of July fireworks show this year to protect New Yorkers from the coronavirus, had previously said it plans to do the same for this year’s Thanksgiving celebration.

De Blasio said the company will release more details on the plan later in the day. Macy’s declined to provide CNBC further details. 

“In this case, it’s really important to keep these traditions continuing. To make sure that history is unbroken,” he said. 

This is a developing story. Please check back later for updates.

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