Lauren Alaina capped off a trip to New York in the best possible way Twitter/@LaurenAlaina

While many families were scurrying around the kitchen preparing their Thanksgiving Day feasts, some of country music’s favorite stars were representing our favorite format in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. And heck, since she had to be there, Lauren Alaina and her longtime boyfriend, Alex Hopkins, made an entire trip of it!

Lauren and Alex shared photos on the day before Thanksgiving from their trip to the Empire State Building, and in typical punny fashion, Lauren wrote, “This may be the HIGH-light of our EMPIRE trip.”

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We see what you did there, Lauren.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t all fun and parades for the couple. In an Instagram Story, a tearful Lauren shared the heartbreaking news that her childhood pup had passed away on Nov. 22. Sadly, this was on the heels of the passing of Alex’s dog just a week before.

Ever the professional, and with Alex’s support, Lauren powered on to take her spot on the Green Giant float during the Thanksgiving Day parade. Beforehand, she spoke to “Today’s” Al Roker, and the country girl could barely contain her glee. “I am so excited,” she said. “This is one of the best Thanksgivings I’ve ever had and it’s just getting started.”

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Them: Are you excited to be a part of the #MacysParade? Me:

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The bubbly Georgia girl was dressed in a fuzzy, leopard-spotted coat and thigh-high leather boots to perform her newest single, “Doin’ Fine.” An appropriate family-focused tune for the Thanksgiving holiday.

It’s been a big year for Lauren, who scored her first No. 1 single with “Road Less Traveled.” She still has a couple of dates on the calendar this year before breaking for Christmas, but she picks back up in January with back-to-back shows opening for Alan Jackson.


Lauren is also nominated for both Duet and Female Artist of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winners. Vote now through Dec. 13 at Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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