Musician Cher is set to headline the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting Wednesday in New York City.
Cher, 77, also recently headlined Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She has been known to be an outspoken voice for liberal causes, including advocating for the LGBT community. This year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade also featured at least two gender-nonconforming performers in the event’s effort to highlight inclusivity.
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Aside from Cher, other scheduled performers include Barry Manilow, Seth MacFarlane, and Katharine McPhee. The event will be hosted by Kelly Clarkson alongside NBC News’s Today co-anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, and Craig Melvin.
“I can’t imagine a better way to kick off Christmas this year than to be a part of this beautiful New York tradition with the lighting of the tree,” Clarkson told NBC.
Amid the festivities, a group of pro-Palestinian protesters are expected to “flood the tree lighting for Gaza.”
🚨🇵🇸WEDNESDAY NOV. 29TH: 6:00 PM RALLY AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER TO FLOOD THE TREE LIGHTING FOR GAZA!🌲PRIESTS OF PALESTINE CALL FOR MOBILIZATION, NOT CELEBRATION!BRING YOUR FLAGS, SIGNS & KEFFIYEHS AND SHARE WIDELY! pic.t …