Detroit's Thanksgiving Day parade upended by city health department

The city's chief public health officer, Denise Fair, made the announcement Thursday, citing the state's new restrictions that prohibit outdoor gatherings of more than 25 people — a problem for an operation with 800 and 22 floats.

Santa arrives at the 90th annual America's Thanksgiving Parade along Woodward in downtown Detroit Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016.

In a statement Thursday, Parade Co. President and CEO Tony Michaels said: "With our partner WDIV-Local 4, we will deliver a beautiful broadcast to everyone in Detroit and across the country.

"This tradition is part of our lives," Michaels said, "and the broadcast will reach millions in the safety of their homes."

Hosts this year are WDIV's Devin Scillian, Kimberly Gill, Rhonda Walker and Evrod Cassimy.

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