If you are a fan of Thanksgiving (and who isn’t?), there are two traditions that you probably look forward to each and every year: A chance to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning, and a chance later in the afternoon to catch some NFL football. (If nothing else, it’s the perfect thing to sleep during while in a turkey haze.)
But every year, NBC goes above and beyond when it comes to booking talent to appear at the parade. While in some ways it is more or less a gigantic ad for the network, it’s also something that we are sure many successful actors, musicians, and personalities want to say that they were a part of at least once. Beyond that, we’re not sure how many people want to spend consecutive years wandering around in the New York City cold while millions of people scream at them on the streets.
NBC announced today that Carrie Underwood, who has an upcoming live performance of “The Sound of Music” on the network, is one of the people slated to perform. She will be joined by Ariana Grande, Gavin DeGraw, Fifth Harmony (a little interesting, given that they are a Fox alum from “The X Factor“), Austin Mahone, the Goo Goo Dolls, Cher Lloyd, Kellie Pickler, Jimmy Fallon, and Florida Georgia Line, among others.
What is particularly interesting here is that there must be some sort of correlation between being on a singing show and then doing the parade. You have on here two “American Idol” alums in Pickler and Underwood, the aforementioned Fifth Harmony, and then an “X Factor” UK star in Cher Lloyd. That is quite the lineup of people who have already showcased their talent to the world. The best news about it, though, is that there will be something to offset all of the floats and the Broadway performances that make us just feel nothing other than sorry for the people who have to stand out in the cold in their costumes (which can’t be that insulating.
If you’re a fanatic about this parade like we are make sure you come back to Cartermatt.com Thanksgiving morning for some coverage of the big events.