Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Gets Country Music Lineup

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• November 5, 2013

carrie underwood1Carrie Underwood, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Kellie Pickler, and The Robertson family from A&E’s Duck Dynasty will all be part of this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The first hour of the national broadcast will feature an appearance from Carrie Underwood and members of the cast of NBC’s The Sound of Music Live!.

To kick off the holiday season, more than 8,000 participants will march through the streets of Manhattan at the sound of the time-honored words “Let’s Have a Parade(TM).” Against a backdrop of more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers nationwide, the parade’s signature elements, including its giant balloons, floats of fantasy, performers and the one-and-only Santa Claus, will ring in the holiday season with unrivaled celebration.

Also joining the festivities this year are the Big Apple Circus, Kristin Chenoweth, Cherokee National Youth Choir, Chica and the gang from Sprout, Cirque du Soleil(R), Gavin DeGraw, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots with thecast of Sesame Street, Fifth Harmony, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande, Jack Hannah, Megan Hilty, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Sandra Lee, Cher Lloyd, Austin Mahone, Mannheim Steamroller, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, NFL legends Bart Oates, Amani Toomer and Hines Ward, NHL legends Cam Neely and Mike Richter, Debby Ryan, Richard Simmons, and The Summer Set.

Enhancing the Parade’s signature entertainment will be the Radio City Rockettes(R) helping to kick-off the holidays, along with performances from Broadway’s best musicals including Matilda, Motown: The Musical, and more.

“For millions of families each year, Thanksgiving Day isn’t complete without tuning in to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Doug Vaughan, Executive VP, Special Programs and Late Night, NBC Entertainment. “We are thrilled to once again broadcast this national celebration to kick off the holiday season.”

This year the line-up features 15 giant character balloons; 37 large scale novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 30 floats; 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers; 900 clowns; 11 marching bands; and a host of celebrity performers.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins Thursday, Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. (all time zones).

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Jessica Nicholson is a staff writer with MusicRow Enterprises. Her previous music journalism experience includes work with Country Weekly magazine, TasteofCountry.com and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine. She holds a BBA degree in Music Business and Marketing from Belmont University. She welcomes your feedback at jnicholson@musicrow.com.

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