'The Prom' Makes Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade History with First Televised LGBTQ Kiss
During the parade, the cast of the Broadway musical closed their number with leads Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla sharing a kiss on live television, the first same-sex kiss ever shown in the parade’s history.
Though the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is a yearly tradition, this year’s made history after broadcasting the parade's first LGBTQ kiss during a musical performance.
During the parade, the cast of the Broadway musical The Prom closed their number with female leads Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla sharing a kiss on live television, the first same-sex kiss ever shown in the parade’s history.
Cast member Josh Lamon took to Twitter to celebrate the monumental moment. "The first #LGBTQ kiss in the Parade’s history," he tweeted. "We here at @ThePromMusical have never been so proud. #LoveIsLove."
So proud. So thankful. pic.twitter.com/DGTYNsJhxB— Josh Lamon (@JoshLamon) November 22, 2018
The moment also elicited a positive response from the audience, being dubbed as a celebration for the LGBTQ community. Caissie Levy from the Frozen Broadway show tweeted, "What a lesson you just taught the country on the @Macys Thanksgiving parade!"
The premise of The Prom is centered on highlighting the LGBTQ community and discrimination they face from society. In the show, Indiana high schoolers Emma (Kinnunen) and her girlfriend Alyssa (McCalla) wish to go to prom together but soon learn that the PTA canceled the dance altogether after having an uproar over their relationship. Soon Emma makes national headlines for her mission to stand up to the PTA's ban on the prom, earning support from theater stars in New York.
The Prom debuted in New York in October.
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Macy's for comment.
Watch the moment below.