Global superstar Carrie Underwood will join in on the festivities at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with a special performance with the cast of "The Sound Of Music." The 30-year-old will perform during the show's first hour.
Kellie Pickler, Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Kristin Chenoweth and the cast of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" round out the country-related performers. In its 87th year, the traditional holiday delight is set for Thursday, Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. in New York City. More than 8,000 participants are set to march through the streets to help ring in the season to "Let's Have a Parade."
"Today Show" reporters Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie will host the event.
The other talent includes the Big Apple Circus, Cherokee National Youth Choir, Chica and the gang from Sprout, Cirque du Soleil®, Gavin DeGraw, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots with the cast of “Sesame Street,” Fifth Harmony, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande, Jack Hannah, Megan Hilty, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Sandra Lee, Cher Lloyd, Austin Mahone, Mannheim Steamroller, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, NFL legends Bart Oates, Amani Toomer and Hines Ward, NHL legends Cam Neely and Mike Richter, Debby Ryan, Richard Simmons and The Summer Set.
“For millions of families each year, Thanksgiving Day isn’t complete without tuning in to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” notes Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs and Late Night, NBC Entertainment. “We are thrilled to once again broadcast this national celebration to kick off the holiday season.”
“I’m pretty sure the magicians at Macy’s Parade Studio have once again made it onto Santa’s nice list,” adds Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “As America’s best high school and college marching bands, hundreds of dancers, cheerleaders, clowns, and balloon handlers make their way down the streets of New York for our 87th march, they will be joined by four brand new giant character balloons, five new intricately designed floats and one spinning dreidel. These new entries join the already stellar grouping of balloons, floats, performers and adorable kids that will once again make Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade the perfect way for everyone to begin their Thanksgiving holiday.”
Underwood is set to star as Maria Von Trapp in NBC's live broadcast of "The Sound of Music" on Dec. 5. A cast studio album is slated for two days prior.
"My entire fall has basically been all about 'The Sound of Music.' That's a wonderful project that I've been asked to be a part of," Underwood shares in Women's Health's November issue. "It's a live musical on TV so there's been a lot of prep work."
She continues, "I've been in New York quite a bit doing run-through's and working on a kind of music that's not exactly the kind of music that I'm use to singing. So it's been a lot of work and it's been really challenging. But I think in the end it's really going to be very rewarding. It's going to be exciting to actually do a musical live on TV."
On performing the iconic role of Maria, she reveals, "The live thing? It's gutsy. It's ambitious. Music is where I live. But doing other things broadens me and my experiences and what I can do. I'm up for anything."