The 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off on Thursday morning featuring a new batch of star-studded performances.
The three-hour annual special kicked off with the cast of Annie singing two songs from the musical, including the ever-popular “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.”
Other performances included the cast of Moulin Rouge, the cast of Six, and the cast of Wicked.
Here’s a look at all of the performers who made this year’s parade another one to remember.
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The ever-popular county singer and Grammy-winner Carrie Underwood sang “My Favorite Time of Year” off her new Christmas album. Underwood looked appropriately festive in a flowing red dress with crimson cuffs and red gloves.
Country singer Jimmie Allen performed “Freedom Was A Highway” on the “Green Giant” with a large version of the Green Giant smiling in the background.
Allen broke onto the country music scene in 2018 with the album “Mercury Lane,” with popular singles “Best Shot” and “Make Me Want To” making him the winner of New Artist of the Year at the 2021 Country Music Awards.
Tik-Tok sensation Tai Verdes performed his song “A-Ok” on the Jennie-O float. Singing beneath a giant golden turkey, Verdes was joined by backup vocalists in a black ensemble and glittering golden jackets.
Joining Sesame Street on its 52nd season is the show’s first Asian puppet, Ji-Young.
The cast of Sesame Street sang “See Us Coming Together.” It featured the full cast of lovable characters: Elmo, Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Grover, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch.
“Blue’s Clues” hosts Joe, Josh, and Steve teamed up to perform “You Can’t Spell Blue Without You.”
Steve Burns recently came back to record a video honoring the show’s 25th anniversary, which provided fans with some much-needed closure.
Foreigner appeared to sing their classic 1984 hit “I Want To Know What Love Is.” On the New York Life float, they were joined by a full choir that provided backup vocals. Girls in purple dresses and robots danced along beside the float.
Country singer Chris Lane sang “I Don’t Know About You” on the South Dakota float, with Mount Rushmore and the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln looking on.
Global pop sensation Kim Petras sang “I Don’t Want It At All.” Petras was decked out in a tan fur jacket over a white fuzzy dress.
She sang on top of the pink carriage of the Coach float, which featured its signature star Rexy and his animatronic tail.
Jon Baptise promoted his album “We Are” by singing “I Need You” on the Louisiana float. He was supported by a full crew of backup dancers who performed a full choreography routine.
Members of K-pop girl group Aespa, including Karina, Giselle, Winter, and Ningning, appeared to sing their hit song, “Savage.”
They performed on the Olay float that promoted Women in S.T.E.M., featuring a giant bust of a Black woman dressed as an astronaut.
Aespa received worldwide recognition for their hit single “Black Mamba,” which they released on November 17, 2020.
Singer Zoe Wees appeared on the LEGO Brickmaster float singing “Girls Like Us.” Wees was appropriately dressed for the weather in a puffy pink coat and dip-dyed dreads, covered by a white bandana.
Singer Jordan Fisher sang “Together We Set Sail” on the Disney SS Wish float, which featured the full Disney cast of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Pluto.
Rapper Nelly jumped aboard the Kalahari Resorts float to perform “Lil Bit.” He was wearing a red and blue Gucci coat over a red baseball shirt and a black Cardinals ballcap. Gucci is definitely in this season: “House of Gucci” just hit theaters yesterday.
Dressed in a black peacoat and charcoal pants, “Don’t Give Up On Me” singer Andy Grammer appeared on the Entenmann’s bakeshop float to sing “It Feels Good To Be Me.” Grammer was surrounded by cupcakes, muffins, and donuts who were dancing along to his performance.
Bells were definitely ringing on the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store float. Wearing an orange parka with a black shirt and gloves, R&B artist and church leader Tauren Wells sang the festive song, “Bells are Ringing.”
Emmy and Golden Globe winner Darren Criss sang “I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas” in a red blazer over a black shirt. He even topped off his performance with a kazoo. Criss performed on the Kinder float, which featured bakers dancing along beside the float.
Three-time Grammy-winner Rob Thomas, best known for 1996’s “Push” and 2002’s “Unwell” was the former lead singer of the band Matchbox Twenty.
He struck out solo and received success with his 2005 single, “Lonely No More.” He appeared to sing “Small Town Christmas” on the Hallmark Channel advent calendar float.
Actress Kelly Rowland appeared on the Lifetime Christmas town square float to sing the seasonally appropriate “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” while promoting her upcoming Lifetime Christmas movie.