Mariah Carey to Open for Santa in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Performance: ‘My Childhood Dream’

Mariah Carey performs on stage during her “All I Want For Christmas Is You” tour.

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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade just got a little more festive!

Mariah Carey will join the annual holiday celebration in New York City on Nov. 24, where she will perform her 1994 classic, “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

“My childhood dream is coming to life! I’ll be opening for the one and only Santa 🎅🏼 at this year’s @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade,” Carey, 52, wrote on Instagram on Friday. “🎄🎉💫 Tune in on Thanksgiving.”

In the clip, a countdown to Thanksgiving is shown, before Carey announces in a voiceover: “Hey, it’s Mariah! See you at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

Carey will appear in the parade around 12 p.m. ET, three hours after it first aired on NBC and before Santa closed the annual holiday event.

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His Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker Today The show returns to host the Emmy Award-winning celebration. Roker, 68, first hosted the parade in 1995 alongside Willard Scott and Katie Couric, while Guthrie, 50, and Kotb, 58, first hosted in 2012 and 2018, respectively.

This year’s lineup of performers includes sets by Gloria Estefan, Paula Abdul, Big Time Rush, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Fitz and the Tantrums, Mario Lopez and family, Ziggy Marley, Sean Paul, Kirk Franklin and Jordin Sparks, among others.

Some of Broadway’s finest are also set to deliver jaw-dropping performances during the broadcast, starting with a dazzling opening number from Lea Michele and the cast of Broadway’s Funny girl. Additional Broadway actors include his cast A beautiful noise, Some prefer it hot and The Lion King. The iconic Radio City Rockettes will round out the theater.

Plus, the cast of Peacock’s Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin with Adam Devine, Sarah Hyland and Flula Borg set to make an appearance.

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Balloons, of course, will also play a big part in the parade, and characters like Peanuts Worldwide’s Astronaut Snoopy, DreamWorks Animation’s Boss Baby and Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants will all appear.

New giants joining the line-up this year include BBC’s Bluey, Diary of a Wimpy Kid from Abrams Books, Dino and Baby Dino from Sinclair Oil and Stuart the minion from Illumination. The inflatable lineup also includes a new Striker balloon, Fox Sports’ US Soccer Star.

Floats will similarly be featured in this year’s holiday season once again, while five new ones will debut in celebration of Thanksgiving. Fantastic floats include Baby Shark from Pinkfong and Nickelodeon, Geoffrey’s Dazzling Dance Party from Toys”R”Us, People of First Light from Macy’s, Supersized Slumber from Netflix and The Wondership from Wonder.

Some of the returning floats include Peacock’s “Birds of a Feather Stream Together,” Sesame Workshop’s “1-2-3 Sesame Street” — and of course, Santa’s sleigh!

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Mariah Carey performs on stage during Global Citizen Festival 2022: New York in Central Park on September 24, 2022 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 24: Mariah Carey performs on stage during Global Citizen Festival 2022: New York in Central Park on September 24, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

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Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’ was released in 1994 Merry Christmas album, and was co-written and produced by the musician and Walter Afanasieff — who had worked with Carey since her 1990 self-titled debut and early No. 1 hit, “Love Takes Time.”

“All I Want for Christmas” has since found a second life in recent years, when in 2019, it reached its peak Advertising sign The Hot 100 chart at No. 1 for the first time, making it Mariah’s 19th overall run at the top.

In 2021, Carey received the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) Diamond Award, making it the first holiday single ever to win the coveted award.

Carey’s performance in the Thanksgiving Day Parade will give her a chance to warm up for her set of special holiday shows this year, Dec. 9 and 11 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada, and Dec. 13 and 16 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs Thursday, Nov. 24 at 9 a.m. ET on NBC and the Peacock. The network will air a telecast at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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