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IT'S Thanksgiving and that means it's time for the annual Macy's Day Parade.

This year, Macy's decided to have its second virtual parade in the metaverse but it's not as exciting as it sounds.

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I watched the metaverse Macy's Day Parade alongside the real-life version as it joyously brightened up Sixth Avenue in New York.

The metaverse version was not so joyous.

Virtual balloons floated past a virtual Macy's store on a completely empty and silent gray street.

While the real Sixth Avenue is full of humans enjoying the day, the metaverse version was lifeless and soulless.

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There was no music or cheering crowd as the metaverse balloons eerily floated down the empty street.

Many of the balloons themselves were far more basic and not copies of the beloved real-life versions such as Snoopy or SpongeBob.

Anyone was able to watch the metaverse Macy's parade and there was a live feed comment section of people viewing the not-so-spectacular spectacle.

Will Coss, the executive producer of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, previously said: "We are excited to bring this spectacle once again to the web3 virtual landscape with a fun experience that empowers our fans, collectors and our highly engaged Discord community."

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Macy's used the virtual event to promote its five NFT projects that can be viewed in virtual galleries.

A 2023 balloon contest is part of this year's metaverse parade.

Viewers have been asked to vote for their favorite virtual balloon so it can become a real one next year.

You can access the virtual parade at macys.com/NFT.

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The first 100,000 fans who vote for their favorite NFT on the site will get a free Macy's digital collectible.

You have until December 4 at 11:59pm ET to vote.

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Magics Markelle Fultz, Cole Anthony available vs. Raptors to close out back-to-back

Orlando Magic guards Cole Anthony and Markelle Fultz were available for Saturday’s road game at the Toronto Raptors, the second night of a back-to-back.

Their status entering the matchup was under question with both players returning from injuries in Wednesday’s 125-108 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks and playing more than expected in Friday’s 107-96 road loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Anthony had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes while Fultz finished with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 29 minutes.

Fultz was expected to be held to a restriction of about 20 minutes and Anthony was expected to be held to a minutes restriction as well, but both finished the game as the Magic looked to make a late comeback.

“A lot of it, towards the backend, we decided to make one quick push for the game,” coach Jamahl Mosley said. “They ended up staying out there a little longer than I would’ve liked to. But I really loved their fight, resiliency and their wanting to go after it the way they did. That’s who we have to continue to be.”

It was Fultz’s first time playing back-to-back nights since December 2020. He missed most of the 2020-21 and 2020-21 seasons after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in January 2021, returning this past February.

It’s common for teams to limit players’ minutes and participation in games on back-to-back nights after returning from prolonged absences because of injuries.

Anthony and Fultz entered Saturday’s matchup with an undisclosed minutes restriction.

“We’re going to monitor that,” Mosley said pregame. “They’re still coming back after being away for so long, making sure we’re careful in how we hold their minutes.”

Mo Bamba (back spasms), Wendell Carter Jr. (strained right plantar fascia), Gary Harris (strained right hamstring), Jonathan Isaac (left knee injury recovery), Chuma Okeke (left knee soreness) and Jalen Suggs (right ankle soreness) sat.

The Magic entered Saturday on a season-worst seven-game losing streak.

“Despite what’s happening in these moments of losses, this group has an unbelievable chance for so much potential and growth,” Mosley said. “When the chemistry clicks, it’s going to be very special. It’s going to take some time to get those puzzle pieces in place, but these guys recognize it and understand it. That’s what we’re growing towards as these guys continue to get better.”

They’ll get a rest day Sunday before kicking off a five-game homestand vs. the Milwaukee Bucks Monday at Amway Center.

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Khobi Price at khprice@orlandosentinel.com or follow him on Twitter at @khobi_price.

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