Juanes Makes History at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

In the 84-year history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, there had never been an all-Spanish performance...until today. Colombian rockero Juanes made the record books this morning as the first artist to sing a song in español in front of the 50 million viewers nationwide that tune in to see the annual holiday spectacular.

“I’m really excited to be part of this event, which I think is the most important one that I’ve participated in in the United States,” Juanes told news agency EFE before taking the microphone, adding that he felt “honored to represent the Latino community, to sing in Spanish and to be part of a holiday that’s so American, yet so traditional.”

And he definitely made us proud. Dressed warmly in a black coat and strumming a white guitar, the 38-year-old singer stood atop pirate ship float the Jolly Polly as he belted out his heartfelt new single “Y No Regresas” from his upcoming fifth album P.A.R.C.E (out December 7; Universal Music), which veers more towards the melancholic with a more sophisticated rock sound.

A number of big-name artists including Kylie Minogue, Jessica Simpson and India Arie also performed at today's parade, but Juanes' performance was extra special because he represented the Latinos that make up nearly one third of New York's population.

Other Latin performers participating in the big show include half–Puerto Rican beauty Victoria Justice and 240-person Guatemalan group, Banda Latina Pedro Molina.


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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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