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2009 Parade Fun Facts

Get Ready for the 83rd America's Thanksgiving Parade

In the spirit of shining together, The Parade Company has also launched a canned food drive to help those in need in our community. On Thanksgiving morning, parade-goers are encouraged to take part in “Only if You Can” food drive by dropping off non-perishable canned goods at three specific locations along the Parade route. All of the donated items will benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan.

Starting at 7 a.m., the Ford Mobile Food Pantry vehicles staffed by Ford Motor Company volunteers will be at these drop-off locations: the 27th Fifth Third Turkey Trot (corner of Washington & Jefferson); Compuware Headquarters (across from Campus Marius Park); and Grand Circus Park (corner of Park & Adams)


CO-GRAND MARSHALS:

  • Art Van Elslander - founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture has supported The Parade Company since 1990 and has commissioned several floats, balloons, props and donated more than $2 million to The Parade Company.
  • Paul W. Smith - renowned radio personality and host of News/Talk 760 WJR’s Paul W. Smith Show, has been the voice of the Parade since 1996 and is known as a passionate supporter and promoter of The Parade Company and all things positive for Detroit, our region and for the great state of Michigan.


CELEBRITIES IN ATTENDANCE: The impressive celebrity line-up known for their inspirational performances, unique personalities, incredible dancing or vocal styling, include:

  • Bethenny Frankel, celebrity chef and from Bravo’s hit series, Real Housewives of New York
  • Miss Michigan 2009, Nicole Blaszczyk
  • Celebrity dancer Cheryl Burke being brought to Detroit by Hoover to choreograph the T-Series Cha Cha
  • Day 26, the male R&B/ hip-hop music group handpicked at the end of MTV's Making the Band 4
  • Danny Gokey, American Idol season 8 contestant
  • Josh Gracin, American Idol season 2 contestant, country music singer and Westland, Mich. native
  • The Biggest Loser season 7 winner and Sterling Heights, Mich. resident Helen Philips
  • Evan and Ryan Kasprzak, West Bloomfield, Mich. natives and graduates from Wylie E. Groves High School - Evan was a top contestant on season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance and Ryan, a tap dancing sensation appeared on season 5 and 6 of So You Think You Can Dance.
  • And from the North Pole – Santa Claus


NEW FLOATS AND BALLOONS:

  • Driving a Brighter Future – Ford Motor Company
  • Saving Our Future – Charter One Bank
  • Jake and Ellie’s Wagon – DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan
  • “Chair-A-Table” Knights of the Round Table – Art Van Furniture
  • Follow the Vegetable Road – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Jazz on the Plaza – Jazz Fest
  • Past, Present, Music – The Skillman Foundation
  • Turtle balloon – The Skillman Foundation


REFURBISHED FLOATS

  • Celebrate Detroit – Ilitch Holdings, Inc.
  • New Caterpillar – Detroit News
  • Big Purple Book – Math Savvy
  • Half Pipe Float – Post Bar
  • Santa’s Workshop - Pepsi


PARADE UNITS:

  • Number of bands – 12
  • Number of balloons – 12
  • Number of papier-mâché heads – 110
  • Number of floats – 25
  • Number of clowns – almost 1,000
  • Total number of people marching (volunteers) – 5,000
  • Number of grandstand seats – 6,000
  • Number of beads – 200,000
  • Number of Equestrian Units – 4
  • Number of Specialty Units – 10

Source: The Parade Company / Lovio George Inc.

 

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