2005 America's Thanksgiving Parade will have a "Hip Hip Parade"
theme. The annual event begins at the DIA and heads down Woodward
Ave. and ends at Grand Circus Park.
year is the 79th Annual America's Thanksgiving Parade. It is a must-see
for everyone. It is a magical day that begins with the Mashed Potato
Mile at 7:30 a.m. and the Turkey Trot at 8:00 a.m. Then, the Parade
Begins at 10 a.m.
before that, the Hob Nobble Gobble is a black-tie fundraiser held
at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. On the night before Thanksgiving,
there will be rides, games, live entertainment and an elegant dinner.
Singer Ryan Cabrera will be appearing at this year's Hob Nobble
3rd Annual Mashed Potato Mile is a run/walk event that starts and
finishes at Cobo Center. It begins at 7:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving
morning. The top 500 finishers in the event will recieve a special
award at the award ceremony buffet.
23rd Annual Turkey Trot is Michigan's Largest 10k run. It also starts
and finishes at Cobo Center. It begins just after the MPM at 8:00
a.m. The top three winners in each age division will get an award
at the ceremony buffet.
Thanksgiving Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. sharp. Forecasters are
calling for a high of 33 with a chance of snow. You will need to
dress warmly especially since you will be there for two hours.
this year is the Parade Company pin. It will be a collector's item.
The pin had Clownie, the official symbol of the Parade Company.
All funds raised by the sales of these pins will benefit the Parade
Co. They are selling for $5 each and can be purchased by clicking
those of you who will be attending the Parade in person, you will
have to opportunity to buy a Clown Nose. These red noses worn by
clowns during the Parade can be purchased for $1. They are available
during the Parade or at Big Boy or at selected Aco Hardware stores.
can bring a lawn chair to the parade. The best seats are those in
the Grandstand. They give you the best view and your guaranteed
a spot. They were on sale for $20 or $25.
The Parade Company
additions for 2005
for recording artist and host of MTV's "Score" Ryan Cabrera
and singer/musician KEM. Also appearing is detroit's own R&B
singer, songwriter, musician and producer Kem. In addition, look
for 300 Detroit area cheerleaders and Diego from Nickelodeon. One
of my personal favorites is the Fred Hill Briefcase Drill Team who
will make an appearance at the Parade.
and every year, The Skillman Foundation allows children from Metro
Detroit to draw a float and a balloon and then see it come to life.
The winners of this year's contest are Emma Cox from Auburn Hills,
MI and Aroma Ahmed Naeem from Canton, MI. Their winning entries
were "5 Little Monkey's Jumping on the Bed" and a "Proud
Peacock" giant balloon.
your eye out for a new float crusing down Woodward. The Everyday
Heroes float is being sponsored by DiamlerChrysler Corp. It is tribute
to the men and women in uniform that represent our city, state and
country. It is 15' tall and 17' wide.
you love those giant balloons? If so, there's an old favorite being
brought back to life. Uncle Sam is being sponsored by Blue Cross
Blue Shield. It is a red, white and blue symbol of freedom that
will be floating in the sky. Uncle Sam returns to the Parade in
the end of parade, look for Santa. The Chenille Sisters will be
performing as they wait for his arrival on the stage. The mayor
of Detroit, Mr. Kwame Kilpatrick will present Santa with the key
to the city.
Channel 4 will be covering the parade LIVE from 9 a.m. to noon.
They will also have a webcast on their website. Over 280 television
markets will be tuning into this Detroit tradition. Over 102 million
families will watch America's Thanksgiving Parade this year.
after America's Thanksgiving Parade ends, look for some hot football
action at Ford Field. This year, the Detroit Lions will be taking
on the Atlanta Falcons at 12:30 p.m. It's been a tradition in Detroit
to have the Parade and directly after the football classic.
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