Each year, people flock to the streets of New York City or crowd around the TV from the coziness of home to watch one of the most highly anticipated events of the year: the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Since its inception in 1924, the parade has become a holiday tradition held in the utmost regard. (Fun fact: The first Macy’s parade was actually held on Christmas Day!) It’s become as integral to Thanksgiving as turkey and cranberry sauce in American households. While the parade was originally designed as a clever marketing gimmick to bring new customers to Macy’s, it’s evolved into a symbol of the season.
So, it’s not surprising that celebrities can’t resist the nostalgic allure of this special event, either. Past celeb performers include Tony Bennett, Ariana Grande, Whoopi Goldberg and Shawn Mendes. This year's parade will feature stars like John Legend, Diana Ross and Martina McBride as the main headliners.
While we wait for those 2018 celebrity appearances, take a look at a few celebrities who have participated in the parade over the years.
A version of this article was published in November 2017.