Performance Prep! Go Behind-the-Scenes at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with Tenille Townes

From New York to Nashville with the rising country star as she prepped to perform at the annual parade

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It was such an honor to be a part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! This was from rehearsal on Tuesday evening, and that's when it all started feeling real.

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I loved this view from my hotel window and I sure love being in New York City. There's such an energy among all those skyscrapers that makes you feel small in the best way.

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4:15 a.m. wake up to get ready with hair and makeup! Had a little breakfast to start the day too. Starr Blackshere did my makeup and is such a lovely human!

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A couple last curls before leaving! I used a lot of hairspray too just in case the wind got a hold of them, ha!

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Roses are my very favorite flower and our hotel had this beautiful, decorated wall of roses we stopped by on our way out the door. I got to wear a coat my mom got me for Christmas a couple of years ago covered in a floral print!

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We made it to the parade grounds and hung out inside a holding bus until it was time to head towards the float! We met a bunch of sweet kids, Ronald McDonald and Miss America hanging on the bus.

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This is Rosanne and she is one of the 8,000 volunteers it takes to make the parade happen, that I had the pleasure of meeting. She was such a spirited character, and told me this year was her 64th year being a part of the parade. I want to be like Rosanne when I grow up.

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All of a sudden it was time to head to the Cracker Barrel float! I climbed up this little ladder to the top and had quite a few of the parade ahead and behind me up there! The wind was blowing like crazy in between the buildings where we were parked, but I was soooo excited to be there!

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And then it was go time!! I was overwhelmed, seeing so many smiling faces waving and saying, "Happy Thanksgiving" through the streets! And in the building windows too! What a joyful thing to see a city of people gathered for a tradition that's been happening for 93 years.

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Liv Charette

And then we rounded the corner in front of Macy's and it was time to sing! I played "Somebody's Daughter" and sure was grateful to perform and be a part of such a legendary event.

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And that's a wrap! As soon as the song finished, we were escorted off the float and taken to a car that delivered us to the airport in plenty of time to make it home to Nashville for some turkey and sweet potato pie! What a cool day. Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and wishing you all a merry rest of the Christmas season!

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