Thanksgiving 2013: Turkey, Family and Superstar Performances?

December 3, 2013
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While almost everyone in the United States spent the past four days eating an abundance of turkey, watching endless hours of football, deal-hunting in the early morning hours of Black Friday and recovering from a tiring weekend, some of our favorite artists were living the “No Days Off” lifestyle and spent their Thanksgiving on stage instead of at the dinner table.

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Other than turkey, afternoon naps, and sometimes-awkward questions from relatives you rarely see, perhaps the most notorious Thanksgiving tradition takes place in New York City at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Each year, thousands of people line up along the parade route from Central Park West to the world-famous Macy’s on 34th Street in Herald Square. Trust me when I say most people standing in the freezing weather watching the giant balloons float by are tourists. As a New York native, attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is about as appealing as sitting in hours of traffic or watching the ball drop in Times Square on New Years Eve. Watching the parade travel through the streets of New York City is much more satisfying from the warmth of my living room where the temperatures aren’t in the teens. While I was in the comfort of my childhood home, on break from college, my television was occupied with performances from some of the industry’s biggest names. Ariana Grande found her spot on the Nickelodeon “Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure” float while singing recently released Last Christmas off her new EP as country duo Florida Georgia Line performed Cruise on the Gibson float. Girl power seemed to be the theme of the 87th annual parade as Kellie Pickler, Fifth Harmony and Cher Lloyd also donned microphones during the three hour telecast.

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While female superstars dominated the performances at the Thanksgiving Day Parade, across the city the five boys of One Direction took the stage in Central Park on Good Morning America. At their debut appearance in Central Park, Harry, Niall, Zayn, Louis and Liam performed “Best Song Ever” and “Story of My Life” off their new album, Midnight Memories, and fan favorite “What Makes You Beautiful.” The boys from “across the pond,” also announced they’re officially bringing their “Where We Are” tour to North America in 2014!

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As the hours passed and it was getting closer to dinnertime, a majority of the United States was gathered around their televisions to watch football game after football game. There’s something about huge guys running into each other that makes us more thankful for the things we’ve been given. The mid-day game that everyone seemed to tune into was the Dallas Cowboys versus the Oakland Raiders. While the Cowboys went on to win the game 31-24, it was the halftime show that captured our attention. After travelling the world over the course of 2013, Selena Gomez made her way back to her hometown and switched gears a little bit. No longer amongst young fans while dancing on stage, the Texas native performed her Stars Dance debut single “Come and Get It,” “Walk Like A Champion,” “Slow Down” while the Cowboys and Raiders were in their locker rooms. Dressed in red, black, and fringes, Selena made it very clear that it felt so good to be home before losing her fringed skirt and showing off what she’s learned in the dance studio. We’ve posted the full video of Selena’s halftime performance below so go watch the Texas beauty rock out alongside her lovely dancers and the infamous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders!

While Selena was back home in Texas performing, her best friend of 14 years and another native of Grand Prairie, Texas, Demi Lovato was in California on set of The X Factor.  Demi took a break from her judge seat to perform her latest single, “Neon Lights” and proved she deserves her spot on the judges’ panel. With a tasteful outfit choice, Demi showed off her powerhouse vocals and showed why she’s a favorite all over the world. Speaking of all over the world, Demi is getting ready to embark on her “Neon Lights” tour next year with Fifth Harmony, Cher Lloyd and Little Mix. We’ve also posted Demi’s futuristic performance on The X Factor below so be sure to check that out!

As Thanksgiving came to a close, some of our favorite artists turned off their microphones and realized how thankful they truly are for the opportunities they’ve been blessed with. Between the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Good Morning America, the most-watched football game of the day, and X Factor, it’s no surprise that some of today’s biggest acts were asked to perform on the holiday. We enjoyed each act and want to know what your thoughts are! Send us a tweet at @weknowthedj and let us know what you watched and what was your favorite performance of the day!

 

Meg C. (@megchamp07)

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