Facts about America's Thanksgiving Parade
The Parade Company
- MSN.com has ranked
America's Thanksgiving Parade the #1 thing everyone must see when
they come to Detroit.
- Let Freedom Ring,
the new float sponsored by GM, can be disassembled into 32 pieces
and transported on a semi-truck.
- It took more than
2,200 hours of work to prepare the 78 paper-mache heads for the
first-ever museum exhibit at The Henry Ford Museum.
- The wall on Thomas
Edison's Menlo Park lab on the new Energy Innovators float has
more than 800 jump bricks that were made by childen of all ages
at The Parade Company.
- Thanksgiving eve is
one of the top five days for pizza deliveries each year along
with Super Bowl Sunday, New Year's Day, New Year's Eve and Halloween.
- It would take a float
more than one month for drive nonstop from Detroit to Los Angeles.
The average speed of a float is 3 miles per hour.
- The first parade has
four bands, a few giant paper-mache heads and ten floats, attracting
100,00 spectators. Today, the two-hour parade includes more than
75 units and is viewed by one million curbside fans and another
104 million households nationwise.
- After Mardi Gras parades,
America's Thanksgiving Parade is the 2nd largest distributor of
beads along a parade route.
- Only 7 other countries
in the world have official Thanksgiving Day holidays -- Switzerland,
Argentina, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Korea, and Liberia.
to our Thanksgiving
2004 special section.
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