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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (2008)

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Credited cast:
Trace Adkins ... Himself
Chandler Akpovwa Chandler Akpovwa ... Himself / Performer
David Archuleta ... Himself
Ashanti ... Herself
Rick Astley ... Himself
Lori Barber Lori Barber ... Rockette
Tony Bennett ... Himself
Beyoncé ... Herself (as Beyoncé Knowles)
Selma Blair ... Herself
Stephen Bogardus ... Himself
Sierra Boggess ... Herself
Justin Bruening ... Himself
Cedric the Entertainer ... Himself
Kristin Chenoweth ... Herself
Kevin Clash ... Elmo (voice)


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Release Date:

27 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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The surprise inclusion of Rick Astley is a reference to the phenomenon of "Rick-rolling", in which Astley's music videos are sprung upon unsuspecting people. See more »


Pianist Lang Lang was supposed to be playing the piano, but the piano was clearly not a real one, and music was playing even when he wasn't touching the keys. See more »


Never Gonna Give You Up
Written by Mike Stock (uncredited), Matt Aitken (uncredited) and Pete Waterman (uncredited)
Unexpectedly performed by Rick Astley
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A 3 hour commercial for NBC shows
27 November 2008 | by rscampbSee all my reviews

I grew up watching this parade. Every Thanksgiving the old folks would be in the kitchen preparing dinner and us kids would be in front of the TV watching the floats and marveling at the monstrous balloons speculating on how they kept them from floating away, rarely noticing the people holding the ropes attached to them. But over the years I have noticed that the broadcast has become less about the parade and more of a commercial for bad programs on NBC and Broadway shows that most of us will never be able to see. It appears that the format for broadcasting the Macy's Parade is 30 seconds showing the parade, 5 minutes of a Broadway show, 5 minutes of interviewing the star of a failing or upcoming NBC show, 5 minutes of the folks in the booth "overlooking Harold Square" and repeat for 3 hours.

Enough with the integrated commercials, go back to basics. Show us the bands; some of those kids worked really hard to raise money to appear in the parade. And the floats; there is a lot of in putting one of those together.

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