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SOURCE: 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 100,000 spectators. Today, the two-hour parade includes more than 75 units and is viewed by one million curbside fans and another 104 million households nationwide.
  • 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.
  • Last year, more than 800 people participated in the Mashed Potato Mile, a one mile run/walk leading up to Michigan's largest 10K run - and "the tradition before the tradition" - the Turkey Trot, in which more than 5,000 runners participated.
  • There are fantastic new floats including Every Day Heros sponsored by DaimlerChrysler Corporation, the Nick Jr./NOGGIN Fan Club float and a new Float sponsored by The Skillman Foundation to be announced.
  • The Parade route beginning in front of the Detroit Public Library and traveling south on Woodward Avenue to Grand Circus Park.

 

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