New Song to Start N.Y. Thanksgiving Parade

Posted November 10, 2007 12:35 p.m. EST
Updated November 14, 2007 1:48 a.m. EST

— When the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade gets under way this year, it will be to the rhythm of a Michael Feinstein song especially written for 600 dancing children.

The 81st annual parade's opening number - "Making Magic" - was choreographed by John Dietrich of the Radio City Rockettes, with lyrics by Bill Schermerhorn, the parade's creative director.

The children were trained by Camp Broadway, which offers summer programs for youngsters taught by theater professionals. Camp Broadway has created a special one-week program leading up to the November 22 parade, including a series of workshops, classes and rehearsals for the children.

Feinstein, a composer and cabaret singing star, is known for his performances and recordings of American popular songs.