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Tuesday, 29 November, 2011 9:59 PM

2011 America's Thanksgiving Day Parade absorbed from the nearer and farther

Wrap-up of the 85th annual parade on Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit

PHOTO BY PETE BUBLITZ / ©AMERICAJR.com

The dragon balloon makes its way down Woodward Ave. during America's Thanksgiving Parade.

 

by Pete Bublitz
petblitz@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- The tradition of the Thanksgiving Day Parade has always resonated with Woodward Avenue, a vein that remains a shining section of Detroit.

This year, it could be seen just how much rapport is received by attendees with a Motown connection. This is evidenced by folks who even make it here for the parade from some of the farthest and warmest of places.

Perched on a ladder by the First Presbyterian Church, Julia Robertson and her daughter Emma joined their family in a Detroit tradition that they could never miss; especially now living in Wilmington, Delaware. Such a distance didn’t matter. “[It’s about] being with the kids,” said Robertson, a heart-warmer jabbed cutely by Emma’s retort, “That’s the easy part.”

Phillip Page, who brought along his wife and goddaughter who’s experiencing her first parade, didn’t feel that congestion or temperature could make the enjoyment any less. “We used to it.”

Security personnel Andre Lewis, while enjoying all the new additions and old favorites, still voiced his disapproval over one omission. “They didn’t throw to the kids any candy this year.”

Even for those visitors who wished to be elsewhere thanks to the cold, there were features like the half-pipe float that make even one visitor from Nigeria could appreciate in the parade’s dedication to Detroit spirit.

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85th Annual America's Thanksgiving Parade

 

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A marching band performs.

 

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Santa's Castle float

 

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Dogs

 

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Santa's Sleigh float

 

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