The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a staple of American popular culture for nearly a century and in the past decade, a little piece of South Dakota has been part of the tradition.

That includes the 2021 event, which will feature the state's 'Mount Rushmore’s American Pride' float as part of the parade lineup for the 12th straight year.

The South Dakota Department of Tourism has announced that country music singer Chris Lane will be performing on the float in the 95th edition of the parade.

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This year's event will feature the return of spectators along the parade route in Manhattan, following a scaled-back 2020 parade due to COVID.  An estimated 3.5 million people will watch the parade from the streets of New York City, with more than 50 million television viewers will tune in nationwide.

The float will make its national appearance on the NBC broadcast, Thanksgiving Day (November 25). Coverage of the three-hour event begins at 9:00 AM.

The South Dakota float's first appearance in the parade was back in 2010 and over the years has featured a wide variety of entertainers:

  • 2010 - Mannheim Steamroller
  • 2011 - Neil Diamond
  • 2012 - Don Mclean
  • 2013 - The Summer Set
  • 2014 - Need To Breathe
  • 2015 - MercyMe
  • 2016 - Ben Rector
  • 2017 - Smokey Robinson
  • 2018 - Kane Brown
  • 2019 - Chris Young
  • 2020 - Lauren Alaina
  • 2021 - Chris Lane

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