The famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade just released its artists list. It looks like this year, New York City will be getting a country-fried makeover for the big event!
A Decades-Old Tradition
Macy’s has been putting on its spectacular parade since 1924. After the first parade which included live animals, the press only gave the parade two lines in the newspapers – but the turnout had been so great, Macy’s announced they would hold it again the next year.
#DYK for the first two years of the @Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade (1924-1926), before the use of helium balloons, they marched with real animals they borrowed from the @centralparkzoo! #InternationalPreschoolsNYC #IPSNYC #BestPreschoolNYC #playbasedlearning #thanksgivingparade pic.twitter.com/59gSRobo7G
— The Int'l Preschools (@IPSNYC) November 20, 2017
Almost an entire century has passed, and the parade has become a household name. The real animals that frightened children have been replaced by friendly balloons and excitement around the performers has grown immensely.
— Timeline (@Timeline_Now) November 22, 2017
Country Slowly Became Part Of The Parade
While we are excited for this years’ lineup, it is definitely not the first time country artists have played at the parade. Last year (2017), American Idol star and country singer, Lauren Alaina performed on the Green Giant vegetable float.
She was joined by fellow country music artist, Dustin Lynch. The recently Opry-Inductee stood on top of the KFC float and gave the New York city folk a taste of his hit song, “Small Town Boy.”
A Star-Studded 2018
This year, the parade’s lineup is exciting for any country music fan. From modern artists like Kane Brown, Carly Pearce, and Sugarland to 90s icons like Martina McBride – everyone will have something they like. There will even be some soulful disco music as the great Diana Ross joins the crew.
We're serving up your Turkey Day plans on a silver platter! We'll be performing at this year's @Macys Parade! Tune in Thanksgiving Day at 9am on @NBC.🎈https://t.co/psjZVpwtra pic.twitter.com/MRY6fX9bvF
— Sugarland (@Sugarlandmusic) November 1, 2018
And that’s not all! So far 19 performers have been confirmed – not including the three additional performance groups. As of today (Nov. 1, 2018) there will also be 32 kid-friendly balloons, 31 floats, and 12 marching bands!
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You can watch all the stars come together on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) at 9 am on NBC. Until then, take a trip down memory lane and check out all the amazing performances from last year in the video below.