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The Robertson family of A&E's hit reality television show "Duck Dynasty" will make an appearance at the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade later this month.
The Robertsons, an outspoken Christian family that runs a multi-million dollar duck call manufacturing business in West Monroe, La., will be joined at the parade by a host of other celebrities, including late night comedian Jimmy Fallon, singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, the rock band Goo Goo Dolls, rock artist Gavin DeGraw, NFL legend Joe Namath and many more, according to a press release.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, whose motto is "A Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere," was first held in 1924 and was made up of only about a dozen different attractions. This year's spectacle will include, among other things, 30 floats, 11 marching bands, 1,600 dancers and cheerleaders, 900 clowns, 15 character balloons and, of course, Santa Clause.
In all, more than 8,000 people will make their way through the streets of Manhattan as part of the parade, which is expected to be watched by more than 3.5 million people in person and by more than 50 million people nationwide.
The parade doesn't commence until Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. ET, though the Robertsons have already been busy preparing for the holiday season.
Last week the family's Christmas album, "Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas," was released. In addition to performances by members of the Robertson clan, country stars like Alison Krauss, Josh Turner and Luke Bryan also performed on the record.
Willie Robertson, president of Duck Commander, told Reuters last week that his family is proud of the album.
"It is definitely from our perspective of a down-home middle-America Christmas," Robertson told the news wire. "There is some funny stuff and then there is some serious stuff."
Between 55,000 and 60,000 copies of the Christmas album may have been sold in its first week, according to Billboard, and it may land in the top five of the Billboard 200 chart this week. The Billboard 200's top 10 list will be released on Wednesday.