Opening for Santa at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be Mariah Carey. She is shocked, see why.

I can finally see my long-held fantasy becoming a reality! Friday, Mariah Carey posted on Instagram that she would be performing at Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade…

Something new to provide some holiday cheer to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

On November 24th, Mariah Carey will be performing her holiday classic “All I Want for Christmas is You” during the annual New York City holiday event.

“My wildest vision is becoming a reality. This year at the @macys Thanksgiving day parade, I’ll be performing as the opening act for the one and only SANTA CLAUS “On Friday, Carey, who is 52 years old, sent an Instagram message. “🎄🎉💫 Make sure to tune in on Thanksgiving.”

The video begins with a countdown to Thanksgiving, after which Carey says in a voiceover, “Excuse me, but is that Mariah? The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is where you want to be.”

Carey is scheduled to make an appearance at the parade at 12 p.m. ET, three hours after the spectacle’s initial telecast on NBC and just before Santa Claus brings the festivities to a close…

As in previous years, the Emmys will be hosted by the Today show’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker…

The 68-year-old Roker co-hosted the parade with the younger Willard Scott and the younger Katie Couric in 1995; the 50-year-old Guthrie and the 58-year-old Kotb did it for the first time in 2012 and 2018, respectively…

Among the many performers scheduled to take the stage this year are Gloria Estefan, Paula Abdul, Big Time Rush, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Fitz and the Tantrums, Mario Lopez and his family, Ziggy Marley, Sean Paul, Kirk Franklin, and Jordin Sparks.

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The presentation will also feature performances by some of Broadway’s brightest stars; Lea Michele and the cast of Funny Girl will dazzle with an original tune from the play.

A Beautiful Noise, Some Like It Hot, and The Lion King are three more Broadway shows that include incredible performances…

The legendary Rockettes from Radio City Music Hall will round out the show’s theatrical elements.

Furthermore, Adam Devine, Sarah Hyland, and Flula Borg, stars of Peacock’s Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin, are scheduled to make an appearance…

Characters from Peanuts Worldwide’s Astronaut Snoopy, DreamWorks Animation’s Boss Baby, and Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants will all make appearances in the parade, which will also feature a large number of balloons.

This year’s roster includes some huge newcomers like BBC’s Bluey, Abrams Books’ The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Sinclair Oil’s Dino and Baby Dino, and Illumination’s Stuart the Minion.

A brand-new Striker the U.S. Soccer Star balloonicle from Fox Sports rounds out the inflatable collection…

Like in years past, floats will play a significant role in this year’s celebrations; this year, however, five brand new floats will make their premiere on Thanksgiving Day.

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; are just some of the wonderful floats.

In addition to Santa’s Sleigh, returning floats include Peacock’s “Birds of a Feather Stream Together” and Sesame Workshop’s “1-2-3 Sesame Street.”

The song “All I Want for Christmas” was written and produced by Carey and Walter Afanasieff, who had been working with Carey since her 1990 self-titled debut and early No. 1 success, “Love Takes Time.

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In 2019, “All I Want for Christmas” became Mariah’s 19th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list, marking a new renaissance for the song that began its existence as a Christmas carol.

Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” was the first holiday record to win a Diamond Award from the Recording Industry Association of America in 2021.

Carey’s appearance in the Thanksgiving Day parade will serve as a dress rehearsal for her upcoming Christmas concerts on December 9 and 11 at Toronto, Canada’s Scotiabank Arena and December 13 and 16 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

On Thursday, Nov. 24 at 9 a.m. ET, NBC and Peacock will broadcast the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. An further airing of the program is scheduled for 2:00 pm ET on the network.

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