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The chill in the air Tuesday night didn’t stop the cast from rehearsing for the 95th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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“You can still see people lining up at the barricades for rehearsals,” said Gina Claire Mason, star of Broadway’s ‘Wicked’. “I can see them now looking forward to seeing the excitement and joy of the parade and I think everyone is really thrilled.”

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The parade—with its creative floats and iconic character balloons—will be back in full force this year, as its size was significantly reduced last year due to COVID. The only difference from previous years is that children under the age of 12 would not be allowed to participate in the parade, but would be allowed to watch as spectators along the two-and-a-half-mile route.

Will Coss, executive producer of the parade, said, “Just adding a few extra layers of precaution to make sure we can have a safe and healthy parade and make sure everyone who comes out can go home safely and go home on their own.” can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.”

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Macy’s requires that everyone participating in the parade be vaccinated, but there is no requirement for spectators who will be queuing on the streets on the west side. There will be 28 floats, 15 balloons, 10 marching bands and many other concerts. Lisa Noguera came from Texas to support her daughter dancing in the parade.

“It’s great, the fact that we’re able to be outside and the parade is still happening, we didn’t even know it was going to be still happening and the fact that it’s still going on,” Noguera said.

Now is just the beginning of all the excitement. Balloons will be inflated all day on Wednesday and then there will be a big parade on Thursday.

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