Lianah Sta. Ana (far left) with R&B icon Gladys Knight (second from left) and Lianah's fellow Apollo Amateur Night grand winners.


Apollo Amateur Night grand champ Lianah Sta. Ana braved the chilly weather and threat of rain, along with other participants and over three million live spectators, at the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in Manhattan, seen on TV by an estimated 50 million viewers on Nov. 25.

Lianah joined Grammy-winning R&B singer and "Empress of Soul" Gladys Knight at Apollo’s first ever “Top Hat” float at the Macy’s Parade as part of Lianah's prize for winning the Super Top Dog grand prize at the Apollo Amateur Night’s “Child Star of Tomorrow” category. Two other winners of the Apollo adult category also joined the Apollo float.

Lianah said she tried to enjoy "every minute" of the the parade that followed the route it inaugurated last year, starting on Central Park West and proceeding down Seventh and Sixth Avenues to 34th Street at Macy's on Herald Square.

"I loved every minute of it," said the 11-year-old student from Laura Donovan School in Freehold Township, N.J. "I had so much fun."



Gladys and a host of stars including Kanye West and Jessica Simpson performed or appeared before the huge crowd of mostly children who came to see the giant inflatables which also made their way along the route.

Lianah will appear next at the annual Simbang Gabi sa Katedral on Dec. 4 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. She will return to the Apollo Theater on Dec. 12 to perform as a Child Star of Tomorrow winner.






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