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REVIEW: Cold breeze fails to deter Parade and its onlookers

83rd Annual America's Thanksgiving Parade rolls down Woodward without any major problems

 

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These parade goers are having a great time.

by Pete Bublitz
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DETROIT – Crowds stretched themselves along the bleachers and barricades off Woodward Avenue Thursday morning to take in the 2009 America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

This year provided the standard lineup of numerous marching bands, fantasy-tinged vehicle floats, and clowns running about and waving to the crowd, yet the parade was not without its surprises.

Among the prominent surprises were an inflated, State Farm-sponsored float of Sesame Street’s Elmo. A more adolescent-themed float managed to employ a half-pipe ramp complete with skateboarders and roller-bladers in action and air.

Meanwhile, delights were also present for the adult crowd. The recognizable of these turned out to be the Budweiser beer cart complete with the trademark Clydesdales and Dalmatian at the helm. For the masculine crowd, a scantily clad pack of girls strutted along pushing their Hoover vacuum cleaners.

While several floats highlighted renowned works of literature such as the Wizard of Oz and Mother Goose, there were others that would likely leave bystanders head-scratching. One such float from Blue Cross took on a vegetation theme, yet had the Wiggles’ “Fruit Salad” song on loop.

In a case of primates dressed as primates, Marriot displayed a “Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” float. However, the costumes worn by the participants seemed to be reminiscent of an infamous music video by the Bloodhound Gang.

Regarding the size of such floats, there were instances when they became a bit too close for comfort with the crowd. An early instance of this involved a caterpillar/worm-resembling float that appeared to nearly run into the barricades on one side of the street. Down the street, an inflated float of a flower bent over nearly onto onlookers.

Emma Keith from Dexter, attending the parade with her boyfriend, even commented that the Elmo float “Almost hit us in the face.” Of course, at times the parade stalled in order to get the inflated floats under the People Mover raised track.

The end of the parade wouldn’t be a transitional one without the involvement of Santa Claus. “He officially kicks off the season,” said Bruce Birger of Bloomfield Hills, who was attending the Parade for the 50th time.

Even without the horse manure carts, this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade managed to be a impressively fun and tidy one.

 

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The new Follow the Vegetable Road float was sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

 

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The Monkeys Jumping on the Bed float

 

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The Elmo balloon soars high above Woodward Avenue.

 

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