(Right Country) – For the first time in its 94-year history the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade has been canceled, at least in person. Since incompetent Mayor Bill de Blasio failed to cancel anything when the coronavirus first reached our shores, the country will now have to pay the price of his abysmal leadership.
Perhaps, had he been canceling events for the Chinese New Year back in February instead of encouraging New Yorkers to go on about their lives as normal and not to be “xenophobic” or racist by avoiding China Town, maybe the nearly 100-year-old parade tradition would still be intact.
If it’s any consolation, however, the parade will be held virtually. Just like everything else in this “new” normal. Just the News has more:
On Monday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the parade will be held virtually and will be available to viewers on television and online. Though the parade will not be live, de Blasio said he believes the event “will really give us that warmth and that great feeling we have on Thanksgiving day.”
“It will not be same parade we’re used to. It will be a different kind of event. They’re reinventing the event for this moment in history,” continued the mayor.
Known primarily for the giant floating balloon characters that make their way toward the Macy’s Herald Square store, the parade has been televised for decades featuring performances by popular artists, marching bands, and broadway entertainers.
“The important thing is, the traditions will be kept in some way,” de Blasio said.
In reference to the rising number of annual and holiday events that have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the mayor said, “We’re looking forward to a lot of them coming back in 2021.”
New York City alone has suffered close to 5,000 coronavirus deaths over the course of the pandemic. The state has logged 233,000 cases in total.
What could possibly make us feel more “warmth” than watching a virtual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Never mind the fact that the whole intrigue of the entire event has always been that it’s an actual parade of massive floats cruising through the streets of New York City. Don’t focus on the fact that the whole appeal has always been the atmosphere that’s included thousands of people lining the streets to watch and cheer.
Surely, those working to “reinvent” the parade for these unprecedented “together alone” times will find a way to deliver that traditional “warmth” via the internet where nobody can have contact with each other. We can only hope that sound technicians will be injecting festive crowd sounds from previous parades to make us think everything is OK just like professional sports are now forced to do.
This is the new world we live in, folks, and until November 3rd it looks like we’re just going to have to accept it. All we can do is pray that President Trump wins and the rushed, totally “safe” vaccine is released for those who want it and that life, real life that is, can resume.
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