8 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Performances You Probably Forgot

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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been an iconic holiday event for 90 years, and in recent memory, it has brought some of music's shining stars and up-and-coming acts along for the float- and balloon-filled ride.

Ahead of the 2016 parade, which features the likes of Kelsea Ballerini, Daya, Aloe Blacc and Sarah McLachlan, take a trip down memory lane with some big-name artists who (you may have forgotten) once graced a Thanksgiving float.


Hilary Duff, 2003

Taking a "retro ride" on a '50s-themed diner float, then-16-year-old Duff (nearing the end of her Lizzie McGuire days) sang her classic "So Yesterday" in an oh-so-2000s outfit.


Rihanna, 2005

The eight-time Grammy winner was still a "teen singing sensation" when she appeared in the parade, bringing her Barbados flair to the cold streets of New York City with her breakout single "Pon de Replay."


Chris Brown, 2006

Of all the tunes Breezy could've performed from his debut self-titled album, he opted for the rather depressing ditty "Say Goodbye." Despite the odd song choice, also on the bill that year were the Jonas Brothers, Julie Andrews, Hall & Oates and Barry Manilow, so needless to say it was a pretty stellar parade all around.


Miley Cyrus, 2008

Marking her second year in the parade (and still in the pre-twerking era), Cyrus performed her song "I Thought I Lost You" from the Disney animated movie Bolt, fittingly doing so upon the float dedicated to the film.


Jay Sean, 2009

Bringing one of the most bangin' hits of 2009 to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Jay Sean performed "Down" and totally owned it (and the vest he was rocking).


Kanye West, 2010

Who knows what enticed the Life of Pablo rapper to partake in the Thanksgiving parade festivities when he was already one of the biggest names in the rap game? But he took his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy track "Lost in the World" to the Big Apple Float.


Carly Rae Jepsen, 2012

While most parade-goers were probably hoping to hear Jepsen's mega-hit "Call Me Maybe" as she rode on her float, she instead sang her song "This Kiss" -- which still provided for plenty of head-bopping.


Ariana Grande, 2013

Although Grande's chart-topping album Yours Truly was already out by the time of her parade appearance, she decided to bring some holiday cheer with her version of Wham!'s "Last Christmas." Side note: This was seemingly the breakout year for artists who have since reached superstar status, as Grande wasn't the only now-big name on the roster: Fifth Harmony, Florida Georgia Line and Brett Eldredge were also parade performers in '13.