The coronavirus pandemic is completely turning our lives and customs upside down. One of the images that is always repeated is that of the Puerta del Sol crowded with people on New Year’s Eve to drink the grapes and celebrate the passage to a new year. However, in a context where crowds have to be avoided, Madrid has prohibited the celebration of the Chimes in its central square. At this point, the question arises as to whether this will affect the channels that broadcast the moment from there.
Cristina Pedroche, presenter of the Campanadas de Antena 3
All those chains that had planned to give the grapes in the Puerta del Sol will continue to do so without problem. The only thing that will vary is that there will be no public in the square, a background noise that always accompanied this traditional television moment, both before ushering in the new year and afterwards, with celebration and happiness. « It didn’t make much sense to celebrate the grapes with the amount of people who gather there in a relaxed social setting where you can lower your guard« , explained the mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida.
Ana Obregón and Anne Igartiburu They will meet in front of the Puerta del Sol to accompany the spectators who decide to spend the end of the year with Televisión Española, as well as Cristina Pedroche and Alberto Chicote on Antena 3 and Cristina Pardo and Iñaki López for those who decide to watch them on laSexta. As for Telemadrid, it has not yet been confirmed who will present the occasion, but as FormulaTV has confirmed, the previous special of ‘Madrid Directo’ that did take place in 2019 will not be held.
The Three Kings Parade, with limitations
Another of the great Christmas moments is the Cavalcade of the Magi, which in the case of Madrid is regularly broadcast on Telemadrid. This year, having to avoid the crowds at all costs, it will not be possible to see children, parents and grandparents crowded to see their majesties from the East or collect candy. Although this year the Cabalgata will not be able to cross the Paseo de la Castellana to Cibeles, Almeida has affirmed that the Kings will arrive in Madrid on the night of January 5.