This Thanksgiving, Oklahoma native and Grammy award-winning singer Sandi Patty, will appear live on the 80th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, broadcast nationally on NBC-TV. On November 23, while on the Oklahoma float, Patty will be singing “Oklahoma Rising,” a song written by Jimmy Webb and Vince Gill in honor of the Oklahoma Centennial. This song is a new Oklahoma anthem with lyrics that celebrate the state’s first 100 years and bright future.
Along with Patty, additional celebrities will be riding on the float such as: retired NBA athlete and musician Wayman Tisdale, ten-time world champion of BMX Mat Hoffman, and Olympic Gold Medal gymnasts Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci. The float is entitled “Oklahoma Rising” to correspond with the new anthem.
This year marks the 80th anniversary for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which anticipates over 3.5 million spectators lining the streets of New York City. Over 50 million viewers are expected to catch the celebration on television nationwide. For more information on the parade, you can go to www.macysparade.com.
Sandi Patty has won 39 Dove Awards, five Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Sheï¿½s released 24 albums over the last 26 years, selling more than 11 million units. RIAA has certified three of her recordings platinum and five of them gold. For more information on Sandi Patty, www.sandipatty.com; and for the Oklahoma Centennial celebration, visit www.oklahomacentennial.com
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