'The Prom' Gave Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Its First LGBTQ Kiss

Cristina Cross
November 23, 2018

Cast member Josh Lamon added on Twitter: "The first #LGBTQ kiss in the Parade's history". Some, though, hovered just a few feet above their handlers.

- Several dancers from a Triangle-area dance school performed for a national audience when they hit the street for a live routine during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday morning.

Bystanders refused to let the cold put a damper on watching the parade, breaking out blankets and sleeping bags to watch the balloons, bands and floats go by.

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"If we have to call an audible on the day of and make an adjustment, we'll do so", Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison said at a briefing on the police department's parade safety measures.

"Goals: Diana Ross being too damn famous to lip sync in the Macy's Parade", one fan tweeted in praise while another wrote "Diana Ross knowing she's too good to lip sync is pretty great", about the 74-year-old diva.

Windy conditions are also expected and officials will be monitoring wind to see if giant character balloons, such as SpongeBob and Charlie Brown, can fly safely.

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They're lined up Thursday along the parade route despite the frigid temperatures. John Legend, who is one of the performers, is actually coming out with his own Christmas special this year, alongside his model wife, Chrissy Teigen.

'Umm, I don't know if y'all know this, but that was live!' Clarkson said on her Instagram Story. Diana Ross, John Legend, Martina McBride and the Muppets from "Sesame Street" were scheduled to perform, and the city of NY, concerned about frostbite, issued an advisory to spectators to ensure they were adequately dressed for the brutal weather.

There have been mishaps and injuries in the past when gusts blew them off-course.

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Others in the lineup included Bad Bunny, Kane Brown and Ella Mai, Pentatonix, Rita Ora, Sugarland, Anika Noni Rose, Barenaked Ladies, Leona Lewis, Fifth Harmony's Ally Brooke, Bazzi, Ashley Tisdale and Carly Pearce.

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