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Top 8 Moments from the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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|by Amy Sapp |

Relive the standout moments from this year’s Turkey Day celebrations

In what has been pegged one of the coldest installments in history, the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade brought the fire with performances from the likes of Broadway starlets and American Idols alike. Discover our top 8 moments from this year’s festive celebration below – before securing your own seat to see many of these performers live in person this holiday season.

The cast of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ performed at the 2018 parade (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

The cast of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ performed at the 2018 parade (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Luca Padovan’s Opening Number
Broadway baby Luca Padovan (Marvin’s Room, School of Rock) rocked the morning off with a remarkable start during Macy’s 2018 Thanksgiving Day Parade. Padovan’s reimagining of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” featured countless balloons, cameos from the Rockettes, a slew of costumed balloon-holders, a glowing Radio City Music Hall and gorgeous choreography. “Hey, Mister Macy, here I am!”



The Prom’s Historic Performance
The cast of The Prom brought their uplifting song, “Time to Dance,” centerstage during the parade. Filled with sparkling choreography and stunning vocals, the cast also marked a historic moment for the nation; their performance included the first lesbian kiss — between leading ladies Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla — to take place during Macy’s live broadcast.



The Rockettes’ Kick-line
Clad in yellow, long-sleeved costumes with decoratively adorned patterns, the Radio City Rockettes took their famous choreography to 34th Street in Manhattan. Of course, they ended their breathtaking set with their iconic kick-line. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this kind of dancing magic onstage for yourself during the Radio City Christmas Spectacular this season.



Mean Girls’ Spot-On Choreography — Despite the Cold
Comedy legend Tina Fey introduced the cast of Broadway’s Mean Girls before their flawless performance Thanksgiving morning. Despite the freezing cold temperatures, this ensemble of talented individuals took the cold in stride while performing Casey Nicholaw’s Tony-nominated choreography in the number, “Fearless,” not letting dropping temperatures keep them from nailing each step and movement.



Kelly Clarkson’s LIVE Singing
Did you know? Most musical acts of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade lip-sync to tracks, as the parade’s production team typically does not harness the ability to provide equipment for each performer to sing live. Kelly Clarkson, however, blew that tradition out of the water with an entirely live set with a full band, stationed on West 34th Street outside of the Macy’s Store. She sang “Heat” live with pitch-perfect belting and a powerhouse presence, much to the delight of her screaming fans across the country.



The Three Donnas
LaChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever sang a combination of “Hot Stuff” and “Last Dance” from Summer: The Donna Summer Musical in dazzling blue dresses that look straight out of the Queen of Disco’s closest. Each woman embodied Summer herself with poise, grace and fire.



Dear Evan Hansen’s CBS Staging
The latest cast of Dear Evan Hansen, starring Taylor Trensch in the titular role, recreated the show-stopping Act One finale of “You Will Be Found” on CBS. Staged with a live audience in attendance at the Music Box Theatre – the same house in which the show may be seen eight times a week – this number showed audiences that, even after two years on Broadway, Dear Evan Hansen continues to grip hearts and speak to the masses.



Santa Claus’ Grand Entrance
Atop three-and-a-half stories of an emerald and golden sleigh, Santa Claus joined Mrs. Claus in waving to the masses and welcoming in the holiday season. Truly, as the final float to complete the route, Santa Claus wrapped up the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with a perfect bow.



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