– This year, America's Thanksgiving Parade will go after
it's roots. The parade route will follow the original route
from 1924. It will begin at Mack Avenue and go down Woodward
Avenue until it ends at Congress street. Detroit's parade
is one of the biggest and best in the nation, rivaling only
the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
will show off many of downtown Detroit's latest developments.
Spectators and the nation will be able to see Merchants Row,
Compuware World Headquarters, and Campus Martius Park. These
new properties will signify the positive turnaround of the
Motor City. The rink at Campus Martius will be open during
the parade for ice skaters.
I. Dingell is the Chair of the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade
foundation. "We are excited that our new route
brings America's Thanksgiving Parade to the heart of downtown
Detroit, continuing the great family tradition that has captured
the hearts of millions over the last 80 years."
parade begins at 9:20 a.m. WDIV Local 4 will be televising
the parade beginning at 9 a.m. with a special parade preview
at 8 a.m. The parade will be seen by a national audience for
a one hour time period reaching over 100 million homes in
Michigan's biggest celebrities will be "coming home"
to participate in America's Thanksgiving Parade. Detroit Red
Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom will be the Grand Marshal.
He said, "America's Thanksgiving Parade is a
great family tradition and I'm honored to be serving as this
year's Grand Marshal."
an R&B singer will perform at the Hob Nobble Gobble fundraiser
on the Wednesday before the parade. She will also ride on
the "Sounds of Detroit" float sponsored by Clear
Channel radio during the parade.
celebrities include: Andrew WK (a pop/rock singer), Angela
Corsi (Miss Michigan 2006), The Backyardigans (cartoon characters),
My Bed Buds (cartoon characters), Brandon T. Jackson (co-star
of Roll Bounce), The Countours (legendary Motown band), Geoff
Stults (Ben Kinkirk on CW's 7th Heaven), George Stults
(Kevin Kinkirk on CW's 7th Heaven), Hayley Eisenhardt
(Miss Teen Michigan 2006), Jonelle Thames (Miss Deaf Michigan),
Keith Famie (chef and contestant on Survivor), KEM
(Detroit singer, songwriter, musician and producer), Latonya
King (winner of National Women's Golden Gloves Boxing Championship),
Lem Barney (NFL Hall of Famer and former Detroit Lion), Mary
Lynn Rajskub (Chloe O'Brien on FOX's 24), Naima Mora
(winner of America's Next Top Model 4), Yemaya Rose Sharp
(Junior Miss Deaf Michigan) and Santa
on WDIV Local 4's parade broadcast beginning at 9 a.m. will
be a performance by actor, director and musician Jeff Daniels.
Also, look for performances by KEM, the Mid American Pom Pon
All-Star team and Karen Newman will sing "Christmas Eve
on Woodward Avenue."
parade goers, there is definitely a treat for you! The Parade
Company will give away 80,000 gifts to spectators during the
parade. Spectators will receive a coin holder which will have
a prize or a coupon for a prize in it. You could get a coupon
for $1 off Holidays on Parade, a free ride or popcorn at Holidays
on Parade, 10% off coupon to be used at Belle Tire, a complimentary
children's book from Art Van Furniture, temporary tatoos from
106.7 The Fox, free custard coupon for Culver's of Roseville
or free child's admission to the New Detroit Science Center.
will be 10 grand prizes. If your coin holder has a gold ticket,
you are a grand prize winner! The top prizes include an autographed
Nicklas Lidstrom jersey and puck, four tickets to the December
12th Red Wings game, four suite tickets to see Irvin Berlin'
White Christmas at the Fox, an autographed Carlos Guillen
jersey and four tickets to a Tigers game in 2007, a VIP tour
of the 760 AM WJR studios, a complete stereo system from Clear
Channel Radio, a set of custom tires and rims from Belle Tire,
a first-class round trip from Windsor to Toronto by rail,
an overnight stay at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center
and a dinner for two at Coach Insignia, or a family membership
to the New Detroit Scienc Center. There will only be one winner
for the grand prizes listed above. To be a winner, your coin
holder must include the gold ticket.
Trot and Mashed Potato Mile
4th Annual Mashed Potato Mile will take place at 7:30 a.m.
on Thanksgiving morning. The Top 500 finishers will receive
a special award. There will be an award ceremoney with entertainment
and a complimentary buffet for all runners.
24th Annual Turkey Trot will kick off promptly at 8:00 a.m.
It will begin and end at Cobo Center. The top three finishers
in each age division will receive an award. Both the Turkey
Trot and the Mashed Potato Mile are presented by Fifth Third
Friday and running through Sunday, the Parade Company invites
you to Holidays on Parade, a fun event for the entire family.
It will be held at the Michigan State Fairgrounds.
will be carnical rides and games, face painting, storytelling,
arts and crafts, stage entertainment and free treats for the
kids. You will also be able to get up close to the floats
that you saw in the Thanksgiving parade. Santa Claus will
be there to meet the kids. The Jones Brothers' will perform
on Sunday, November 26th. After their performance, they will
stay to meet and greet their fans.
on Parade will run on Friday, Nov. 24th from 12:00 p.m. to
8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 25th from 12:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. and
on Sunday, Nov. 26th from 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will be
at the Michigan State Fairgrounds, 1120 W. State Fair Avenue
in Detroit, MI 48203. Admission is $5 per person. Activities
and food tickets will cost $1 each. You can save $1 off admission
by printing off a coupon at www.theparade.org.
The Parade Company