Fans Praise Sheryl Lee Ralph for Making History as the First Black Mrs. Claus

With its historic feature appearance, Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade attracted viewers’ interest.To cap off the procession and bring in the holiday season, “Abbott Elementary” star Sheryl Lee Ralph startled observers by masquerading as Mrs. Claus and riding Santa Claus’ sleigh.

The actress first hinted at her appearance on social media, according to CBS. The post read, “The ⁦@Macys⁩ Thanksgiving Parade is starting with a surprise ending!!!” jingle bells y’all!”

Ralph is the first celebrity to appear on the final float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the first Black Mrs. Claus, according to People.

She told the outlet, “I am so honored to have been asked by Macy’s to be their first celebrity Mrs. Claus for this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! It’s such a festive and enjoyable role, bringing warmth and joy to the start of the holiday season. I get to spread love and embody the spirit of giving. The perfect role for me!”

Fans who enjoyed the parade reacted on social media after seeing the actress portray the popular Mrs. Claus character in a festive green coat.

One fan commented, “The Mrs. Claus we all deserve. We were SO EXCITED to see you!!!”

While another expressed, “This was the best surprise at the end of the parade.” One impressed fan remarked, “Okay you are officially Mrs. Clause forever. Cuz I don’t want anyone else after seeing this. ”

Ralph received the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2022 last year for her role as Philadelphia public school teacher Barbara Howard in “Abbot Elementary.”She is only the second Black woman in history to win this award.

For the part in 2023, she also won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

She is married to Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes.

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