Kicking off the holidays in style! Tony Bennett, Sarah McLachlan and Laurie Hernandez were some of the famous faces who took part in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday, November 24.
Legendary jazz crooner Bennett, 90, performed a duet of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” with Miss Piggy from atop one of the parade’s lavish floats as they made their way through the streets of Manhattan. The 90-year-old performer also almost took a tumble but was saved by Miss Piggy when he was thrown off balance when their float started moving again with a sudden jerk.
Olympic gold medal gymnast Hernandez, 16, also attended the Macy’s parade. The teenager is still coming off a high after her Dancing With the Stars win, which saw her and pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy claim the Mirrorball Trophy on Tuesday, November 22. America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal was also one of the celebrities attending the three-hour parade.
Other performers who turned out for the big day include Aloe Blacc, Brett Eldredge, Daya and Kelsea Ballerini.
More than three million people were expected to pack the parade route to cheer on the stars, marching bands, floats and giant balloons – including new Trolls and Charlie Brown balloons, and a re-creation of one of the original Felix the Cat balloons – as they made their way through Manhattan to Macy’s flagship 34th Street store.
This year, the star-studded parade celebrated its 90th anniversary. The beloved annual tradition was started by Macy’s employees as a Christmas parade in 1924 and took a few years off during World War II.