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Thanksgiving parade: Who's thankful for lip-syncing?

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Happy Turkey Day, PopWatchers! This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade had a few new balloons, a revamped Santa float, and more NBC promos and placements than I can wrap my head around.

Highlights

Broadway! I’m a sucker for a show tune, and it was kind of nuts to see Hair being performed outside Macy’s. My conflicting cultural institutions, let me show you them! John Stamos’ Bye Bye Birdie performance, while, yeah, horribly lip-synced, was still charismatic and cute, and Billy Elliot and Shrek were completely serviceable. Fun times.

Cream-colored coats Jane Krakowski, Andrea Bocelli, Katharine McPhee — you heard it here first, PopWatchers. Winter whites are in!

Jimmy Fallon Was anyone having more fun than Jimmy Fallon? His medley was so goofy and enthusiastic, but I really wished it had included that stupid Christmas song from SNL back in the day.

Lowlights

Poor Meredith, Matt, and Al Sweet lord, that copy was schlocky. I mean…yikes. It was painful to listen to, and it must have been even more painful to say.

Bad hair Gloria Gaynor, Cyndi Lauper, Katherine McPhee, Boys Like Girls — people, come on, it’s not even windy today.

Not enough ‘Yo Gabba Gabba’ Or enough of those horse dancers, or those old ladies on tricycles, or the Oneida Indian Nation, or anything that wasn’t somehow promoting an NBC show.

What’d you think, PopWatchers? Were you ready to float away?

Photo credit: Jeff Christensen/AP Photo

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