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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

2005 Parade Preview

by Jason Rzucidlo
AmericaJR@AmericaJR.com

The 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.

This 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.

Even 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 Gobble event.

The 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.

The 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.

America's 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.

New 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 here.

For 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.

You 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.

Source: The Parade Company

 

New additions for 2005

Look 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.

Each 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.

Keep 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.

Do 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 2005.

At 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.

WDIV 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.

Just 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.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

2005 America's Thanksgiving Parade

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