*Mariah Carey, Jordin Sparks, Questlove and Trey Songz will all be on hand to celebrate the 89th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 26. Questlove will be joined by the cast of Sesame Street when the 89th annual broadcast airs at 9 a.m. EST on NBC’s Today Show in New York.
Of the 8,000 plus participants of the parade, Billboard reports that other performances will include current “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Andy Grammer, Train, Rachel Platten, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Shawn Mendes, Andra Day, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, Prince Royce, MercyMe, MIPSO, Jake Owen, and the cast of the upcoming NBC live-action remake of “The Wiz,” and more.
The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes will kick things off after highlights from several hit Broadway shows, including the casts of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Finding Neverland,” “The King & I,” “On Your Feet ,” and “Something Rotten.” Plus, a special sneak preview from NBC’s The Wiz Live!, which premieres Dec. 3.
Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker from NBC’s Today show will host the broadcast, which airs live from New York City on Thanksgiving morning.
In related news, Robin Roberts is reflecting on her path to success in a new interview in which she confesses that while growing up she dreamed she’d one day compete at Wimbledon, and although she never made it onto the professional court, her dream still came true.
“On that hot and steamy tennis court in Mississippi I would dream of being at Wimbledon… Well, you know what? I did get to Wimbledon,” Roberts says. “I didn’t have a tennis racket in my hands, I had an ESPN microphone. It still was every bit as gratifying.”
Robins reveals that it’s always been her goal to be star athlete, and that drive helped her find a new career path as a journalist. “I want to be a professional athlete … [but] there’s this little thing called ability and I didn’t quite have it,” she shares. “Everyone always says, ‘Follow your passion.’ Well, I’m passionate about sports. I had an interest in journalism and I thought I’d marry the two. Quickly it changed, though, to being passionate about journalism and storytelling and that sports was just one of my many interests.”
As Essence notes, Roberts would eventually go from a few local news stations to ESPN to ABC where she’s been an anchor for “Good Morning America since 2005.”
“It was a really big deal for me to leap from sports to news and Billie Jean King helped me make that decision. She was the one who really encouraged me that this is a wonderful platform and I [can] still talk about sports,” she says.