While spectators snapped pictures of their favorite stars, celebrities were capturing their own memories

By Stephanie Petit
November 24, 2016 01:21 PM
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Turkey Day isn’t complete without a cute addition to Instagram, and the celebrities taking part in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade had quite the background for their photos.

From singers to athletes, famous faces bundled up to greet fans lined up on the streets of New York City for the annual event. While spectators snapped pictures of their favorite stars, celebrities from recent Dancing with the Stars champ Laurie Hernandez to songstress Sarah McLachlan were capturing their own memories.

Hernandez, clad in a red knee-length coat and black hat, showed off her view of the parade route from the float carrying other U.S. Olympic gold medalists.

“I had SUCH an exciting time at the Macy’s Day parade,” she captioned the photo. “Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Don’t forget to cherish those moments with your family and friends today.”

McLachlan filled her Twitter with envy-inducing photos. She spent Thanksgiving morning hanging out with the likes of Al Roker, Brett Eldredge and even Snoopy.

Celebrity chef Sandra Lee seemed to prefer selfies to preparing a holiday feast this year. She took in the Big Apple from the Tom the Turkey float and documented the fun with a cute snap.

Hamilton star Christopher Jackson spent the holiday not far from his theater’s home on Broadway.

“New York… ya never looked so good!” he wrote on Twitter. “@Macys #90 and going strong! Had the time of my life!”



Many young performers participated in this year’s festivities. America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal reflected on the surreal moment, writing on Twitter, “5 years ago I was watching the #MacysThanksgivingDayParade today I will be in it! #MiraclesDoHappen.”

Singer Jacob Whitesides also had to pinch himself. “That felt like a dream what the heck,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thank you @Macys for an unforgettable thanksgiving, and thank you to everyone who watched.”

Chloe x Halle performed on the Build-a-Bear float, while country duo Maddie and Tae brought their talents to the Girl Scouts float.