Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Viewers Couldn’t Understand Why Foreigner Performed Classic Hit

by Maggie Schneider

Classic rock band Foreigner performs “I Wanna Know What Love Is” on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. And some viewers are confused.

It is a tradition to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade every year with my family. My mom and I curl up in our pajamas and pair the program with big mugs of hot chocolate. We expect fun floats, great musical theater numbers, and quirky performances.

What we did not expect was to see Foreigner’s name in the opening credits. While the parade includes new and classic performers alike, the classic rock band is an unusual choice.

“Why is Foreigner performing? They don’t fit the rest of the lineup at all,” my mom says.

When their float appears on screen, fans are even more surprised about their song choice.

The band performs their 1984 hit, “I Wanna Know What Love Is.” Standing on a two-story dollhouse float, the band lip-syncs to the track, surrounded by robot and doll dancers. The song, float choice, and even the band itself felt random to some fans. The sweetly suggestive lyrics of “I wanna know what love is / I want you to show me” are difficult to comprehend at 10 a.m. It adds a bit of unexpected humor worth discussing at the Thanksgiving table.

Reactions on Social Media

Viewers are reacting in all sorts of ways on social media. While some enjoy the performance for its hilarity, others find it too confusing.

“Things I did not expect for the Macy’s day parade? Foreigner. Um. Ok?” someone on Twitter says.

“Who had Foreigner in the Macy’s parade in their 2021 bingo card?” another viewer writes.

There is a clear generation gap in the demographic watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For the parents and grandparents, Foreigner remains a classic rock staple. For the kids and twenty-somethings, Foreigner is a blast from the past.

This year’s parade reminds us that pop culture is cyclical. A song from 1984 can be performed in 2021 at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Trends come back and older genres of music repeat themselves in modern times – no matter how cheesy or confusing they may seem.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Recap

This year’s parade includes many highlights. The show is opened by a performance from NBC’s “Annie LIVE!” featuring Harry Connick Jr. and Celina Smith. The musical medley brings tears to mine and my mom’s eyes as Smith sings “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.” I think a lot of little girls are inspired by her portraying the character.

There are also wonderful performances from artists like Carrie Underwood and Darren Criss. Fans were happy to see Baby Yoda and Snoopy floats flying above the New York City skyline. Santa Claus makes his return when the clock strikes noon, and the Radio City Rockettes wowed audiences with their famous kick line. Overall, fans are happy to see the parade’s return after last year’s hiatus.