Thanksgiving Day parade: Paula Abdul, 60, glows in a metallic outfit in NYC
The Thanksgiving Day Parade had some serious star power on Thursday morning.
Singer and American Idol alum Paula Abdul, 60, shone in a metallic outfit as she lit up the festivities in New York City while riding on a float.
The star looked svelte in the sparkling number as she sang her 1988 hit song Straight Up.
Also in the parade were singers Jordin Sparks, Lea Michele and Mariah Carey.
Still: The Thanksgiving Day parade had some serious star power on Thursday morning. Singer and American Idol alum Paula Abdul, 60, shone in a metallic outfit
Cute look: The star looked slender in the sparkly number as she sang her 1988 hit song Straight Up
‘Today is the day! I’ll be in the fabulous Jennie-O Big Turkey Spectacular Float performing “Straight Up” at Macy’s 96th Thanksgiving Day Parade,” Abdul wrote on Instagram.
‘For everyone at home tuning in while you make your JENNIE-O® turkey, head over to JennieO.com for all your holiday needs! #JennieO #Turkey #MacysParade @hormelfoods @Macys.’
She was seen in a sparkly catsuit as she sang her heart out.
Waving to the crowd: Before Paula sang, she was wearing a golden fluffy coat
Happy to be a part of it all – the mermaid is back in the spotlight this year
With temperatures rising to a high of 50 on Thursday morning along with clear skies, viewers should have a clear view of the 16 giant balloon characters that will fly at 9 a.m.
While all eyes will be on the parade, viewers may note the absence of The Today Show’s Al Roker, who will miss the event for the first time in 27 years after being hospitalized with blood clots. Y
et the show continued without the popular host when Broadway singer Lea Michele kicked off the festivities with a performance of Don’t Rain on My Parade from her Broadway Show Funny Girl.
With a friend: The singer was seen here with late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon
Along with the iconic balloons, the parade will also feature 28 floats, 12 marching bands, 700 clowns, and several music stars making their way on Thanksgiving.
The tradition dates back nearly a century, when the Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan held its first Christmas parade.
So it was called the Macy’s Christmas Parade.
It has always taken place on Thanksgiving morning and the first parade was in 1924.
Fun moments: Paw Patrol balloon flies during Macy’s 96th Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan
Made up to shine: She had heavy eye makeup with crystal and plum lipstick.
It was created in the hope of attracting customers for Christmas shopping.
In the decades that followed, the parade grew and evolved into an hour-long event filled with towering balloons, celebrity performers, and festive floats.
Paula made headlines last year when she underwent breast reduction surgery to make her implants smaller.
The former America Idol judge underwent corrective surgery to reverse a previous breast augmentation procedure.
Paula had some old implants removed that were ‘a little too big’ for her body and caused her discomfort.
She had a backup dancer – Paula is seen in the background on the fun green and gold float.
Take heart: She also showed off a huge champagne-colored ring to match her look.
In a video shared on Instagram by medical device firm InMode, for which Paula is a brand ambassador, she said: “At my height, I’m petite, I started with smaller breasts and had implants over 20 years ago.” , and the more I danced, the more my back ached.
“As the years go by, gravity happens too, and I always felt that [they were] a little too big for my body, and I wanted to remove the old implants.’
Also in the video, which was recorded before the operation took place, her surgeon, Dr. Jacob Unger, tells Paula that his plan is to “reshape the breasts very nicely and get the best overall shape and contour for that matches its structure.
She sure knows how to dance: the mermaid was wearing black heels with black stockings
Professing her excitement, the ‘Opposites Attract’ hitmaker exclaims: ‘I’m so excited. This is gonna be great.’
In 2019, Paula spoke honestly about the plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures she’s had, insisting that her goal was to enhance her natural appearance and not try to pretend she wasn’t aging.
Speaking to PEOPLE at the time, he said: ‘I feel like I’m aging as gracefully as possible, with a healthy outlook. Dancing with passion every day keeps that going. Aging is inevitable, and I haven’t really put much pressure on it.’
The day of: Maria Carey was seen heading to the parade early Thursday morning