A bevy of beautiful sounds rose from up from the heart of the 90th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as the casts of some of Broadway’s most popular musicals and some of music’s hottest stars belted out spectacular songs for the crowd. Perched atop dazzling floats, performers paused to sing for the cheering crowds. Here’s a comprehensive rundown of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’s magical musical moments this year.
The Muppets kicked things off with an exciting musical tribute to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. People of all ages have loved Jim Henson’s furry friends across multiple decades. The Muppets revved us up to celebrate as they whizzed by clowns, dancers, bands and more to officially start the procession.
We can’t celebrate New York without celebrating Broadway and that’s why it’s so fun NYC’s biggest parade features casts and songs from critically-acclaimed, award-winning Broadway musicals. We were treated to medleys from “Holiday Inn,” “Cats,” “Cirque Du Soleil Paramour,” “Waitress” and more. Plus, it was great to see Grammy and Tony-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles introduce her “Waitress” cast (since she wrote the musical). The show coincidentally celebrates pie. How sweet is that for a Thanksgiving Parade?
NBC panned to the Universal Studios lot and gave us an exciting sneak peek of the live television event “Hairspray Live” (that is based on the Broadway musical). Arianna Grande, Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, and more cast members were decked out and dancing for a rollicking rendition of “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” The ‘60s ‘dos and duds were fantastic! The live entertainment extravaganza airs on Dec. 7 on NBC.
Dazzling Duos and Fantastic Groups
Twin sisters and YouTube sensations Chloe x Halle brought their own brand of sass, husband and wife duo Johnnyswim charmed us and Maddie & Tae inspired us all with “Fly” on the first-ever Girl Scouts float. Fitz and the Tantrums charged us up with “Handclap” and Timeflies boarded a pirate ship float to belt their catchy tune “Once in a While.” Diamante Electrico was also electric and De La Soul totally rocked “Me, Myself & I.”
A huge host of solo artists turned out to entertain us this year including country sweetheart Kelsea Ballerini with her hit “Peter Pan,” pop-blues sensation Regina Spektor with “Bleeding Heart,” hunky teen heartthrob Jacob Whitesides with “Lovesick,” and Ben Rector with “Brand New.” Plus, 12-year-old “America’s Got Talent” champ Grace VanderWaal sang her original viral breakout hit “I Don’t Know My Name” on the Goldieblox float and Aloe Blacc engaged us with his uplifting track “Candyman.”
Finally, Sarah McLachlan, Brett Eldredge and Tony Bennett got us in the holiday spirit with Christmas classics “Silver Bells,” “Let It Snow” and “Here Comes Santa Claus,” respectively. Miss Piggy stole the show in the end when she saved Tony Bennett from a near-fall after their duet was done.