The parade airs 9 a.m. Thursday on NBC. More than 3.5 million spectators and 50 million TV viewers will watch floats, gigantic balloons, marching bands and performers march through Manhattan.
Jones, 57, underwent surgery for stage one bile duct cancer in June. She canceled plans for an album and tour this year. Both have been rescheduled.
Her upcoming album, Give the People What They Want, will be released Jan. 14. She will tour in the U.S. and Canada next spring.
Jones received post-surgery treatment at an upstate New York medical facility. Earlier this fall, she returned to Augusta, where a production crew from New York City was filming her for a VH1 documentary.
Jones, whose performing style has often been compared to Augusta legend James Brown’s, was born in the segregated section of the old University Hospital on May 4, 1956. After her parents separated when she was 3 years old, her mother moved Jones and her siblings to New York City. She returned to the South often to spend summers with her father until he died when she was 12.
In 2011, she bought a house in the Augusta area and moved her mother and sister from New York.