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America's Thanksgiving Parade: Did You Know???

Read some fun facts about America's Thanksgiving Parade. Many are unbelieveable. A must read for anyone who loves the parade. Find out about four new floats being added to this year's thanksgiving parade, the refurbished floats. In addition, see the new parade units and a new paper-mache head to be featured in the parade. Also, read about road closures for the Parade and the Turkey Trot.

America's Thanksgiving Parade: 2010 Route Map

Find out where the parade begins and ends. Also, see where grandstand seats are located. Need to take the people mover? Find out which stops will be the closest for you to get a good view of the parade.

America's Thanksgiving Parade: 2010 Calendar of Events

This November marks the 84th Annual America's Thanksgiving Parade along Woodward Avenue in Downtown Detroit. Read about the Hob Nobble Gobble, Turkey Trot and the new Mashed Potato Mile.

The Parade Co. is ready to 'Celebrate the Spirit' and kick off exciting new changes to Hob Nobble Gobble

A more than 20-year tradition in the city of Detroit is getting a brand new stage to spotlight its one-of-a-kind evening of live entertainment, celebrities, fabulous food and desserts, carnival rides, games and great giveaways to support America’s Thanksgiving Parade®. Following in the footsteps of some of the world’s largest events, The Parade Company has chosen to hold the 21st Annual Hob Nobble Gobble® at Ford Field, one of America’s premiere venues.

WATCH: Interviews at the Parade Company Studios in Detroit regarding tours, costumes and Hob Nobble Gobble

AmericaJR.com's reports from inside the Parade Company Studios in Detroit. Tours of the facility are offered all year long. The Parade Company is renting its costumes for Halloween. The Hob Nobble Gobble will take place one week earlier and in a new location - Ford Field in downtown Detroit on Saturday, Nov. 20. Look for interviews with Renee Rodriguez, director of volunteer and tour services and Arlene King, director of costuming. You'll also hear from volunteers Carol Rivetto from Warren and Barbara Timm from Sterling Heights.

The Parade Company offers studio tours and costumes for Halloween rental By Jason Rzucidlo

Most people don't know that the Parade Company studios are open for tours all year long. Yes, it's true! Most parents typically buy their Halloween costumes for their kids. However, there is another option. The Parade Company also has costumes available for renting. In addition, the Hob Nobble Gobble fundraiser has been moved up one week earlier and it will take place in a new location.

PHOTOS: A Tour of The Parade Company Studios in Detroit

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo takes you inside The Parade Company Studios in Detroit at 9500 Mt. Elliott. Look for pictures of all the papier-mache heads, costumes and some of the most memorable floats from America's Thanksgiving Parade. Also, watch as artists are working on new floats for this year's parade in Studio B.

The Big Head Corps to celebrate its 3rd year in America's Thanksgiving Parade

Tony Michaels, President and CEO, The Parade Company is pleased to announce that The Big Head Corps is returning for its third year in the 84th America’s Thanksgiving Parade® and is actively searching for new members. The Big Head Corps offers young professionals the opportunity to get involved with American’s Thanksgiving Parade®, while offering fun programs and networking opportunities with other young professionals.

The Parade Co. announces celebrity line-up and new grandstand seat options

The Parade Company is “Celebrating the Spirit” at the 84th America’s Thanksgiving Parade®, one of the country’s oldest, largest and most celebrated parades. Hundreds of thousands of spectators will make their way to downtown Detroit on Thursday, November 25, 2010 to enjoy the fun and magic of this year’s Parade, which includes a growing list of celebrities scheduled to attend, including: Jana Kramer, Dwele, Meryl Davis & Charlie White, Seth Wescott, Thomas Finchum, Peter Vanderkaay, Ricky Berens, Gretchen Rossi, Biz Markie and Santa Claus.

PHOTOS: 2010 America's Thanksgiving Parade Preview Party in Detroit

AmericaJR.com's Gloria Rzucidlo was LIVE at the Parade Company Studios in Detroit for the 2010 Parade Preview Party. It all took place on Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Look for photos of the Mid American Pompon team, the AMINAL band from the Detroit School of Rock & Pop, the unveiling of the 2010 DTE Energy Float, the DSD Frequency Dancers and much more. You'll also see co-grand marshal Dick Purtan and DTE Energy's Steve Kurmas, who was repesenting Tony Earley Jr., the other co-grand marshal.

WATCH: Highlights of the 2010 America's Thanksgiving Parade Preview Party

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from inside the Parade Company Studios in Detroit. Watch for highlights from all of the festivities at the parade preview party. You'll see a performance by the Mid American Pompon team, the AMINAL band from the Detroit School of Rock & Pop, the unveiling of the 2010 DTE Energy Float, the DSD Frequency Dancers and much more. Watch for remarks from Tony Michaels, President and CEO of the Parade Company; Steve Kurmas, President of Detroit Edison; Dick Purtan, Hall of Fame broadcaster and co-grand marshal and get introduced to the 2010 Parade Queen!

WATCH: Interviews at the 2010 America's Thanksgiving Parade Preview Party

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from inside the Parade Company Studios in Detroit. Watch for highlights from all of the festivities at the parade preview party. You'll hear from 2010 Parade Queen Makayla McCoskey from Farmington Hills, Mich. and her best friend Amy Herman from West Bloomfield, Mich. In addition, watch for remarks from attendees Megan from Redford, Mich. and Maddie from Garden City, Mich. You'll also hear from 2010 Parade Princess Kelsey Hall from Detroit, Parade Company Volunteer Shannon Antushevich and Mid American Pompon members Isabella and Ashley.

New float and co-grand marshals announced at 2010 America's Thanksgiving Parade Preview Party By Jason Rzucidlo

The Parade Company revealed its new DTE Energy float "Energy and Our Future" at its annual parade preview party, which is held one month before the parade begins. In addition, longtime radio broadcaster Dick Purtan and DTE Energy's Executive Chairman of the Board Anthony Earley, Jr. were announced as co-grand marshals of the parade. Farmington Hills, Mich. native Makayla McCoskey was introduced as this year's parade queen and the winner of a scholarship. Four other parade princesses were named; they also went home with college scholarships.

Quicken Loans and the Parade Company team up to create 'Where's Cownie?' contest

The Parade Company and Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s largest online mortgage lender, have partnered to create the first-ever “Where’s Clownie?” contest to promote the 84th America’s Thanksgiving Parade®. The promotion, which kicks off Sunday, October 24, will engage Metro Detroiters in a scavenger hunt leading them to some of downtown Detroit’s treasures along the parade route on Woodward Avenue to find hidden, large-scale Fatheads (life size wall graphics) of Clownie, the Parade Company’s mascot.

Angelina Italian Bistro to offer FREE Thanksgiving Day Hot Drink Giveaway

How’s this for a real heart (and hand) warmer: for one day – November 25– the Detroit People Mover (DPM) will add to its route by opening up a special “station” on Thanksgiving: one complete with free hot beverages. Right across the street from the DPM Grand Circus Park stop, and sponsored by WADL TV 38, the DPM “Family / Patron Station” inside Angelina Italian Bistro will give away complimentary hot chocolate and coffee starting at 8:30 AM on Thanksgiving Day.

>> WATCH: The Detroit People Mover's Ericka Alexander discusses the free drink giveaway

The Parade Company Unveils Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's New "Get Fit" Float

The Parade Company unveiled Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s new float, “Get Fit,” to a large crowd of parade supporters this morning at the 11th Annual VIP Pancake Breakfast presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The new float will make its debut in the 84th America’s Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday, November 25, 2010. The “Get Fit” float presents a number of fun and exciting ways to get in shape and stay healthy, from kayaking to downhill skiing, biking to even golf and tennis games.

WATCH: Interview with Lorenzo Viera-Patron, manager of the Original Cottage Inn Restaurant in Ann Arbor regarding the Thanksgiving food giveaway

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from inside the Original Cottage Inn Restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor, Mich. The restaurant will offer free Thanksgiving meals to the homeless and the poor from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Watch for an interview with manager Lorenzo Viera-Patron. Find out how many people took advantage of the food giveaway last year. Also, how many volunteers are needed to make it a success? What types of food will be available for those who show up? How many years has the food giveaway been going on? Find out in this video.

The Original Cottage Inn Restaurant to offer free Thanksgiving meals for the poor By Jason Rzucidlo

For the last 26 years, the Original Cottage Inn Restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor has been offering free meals on Thanksgiving Day for the homeless, the poor and the needy. This year, the tradition continues. Hours for the food giveaway are 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The free meals include turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, vegetables and rice pudding for dessert. The restaurant is looking for 20 more volunteers to help out. The Original Cottage Inn Restaurant is located at 512 E. William St. in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Record Crowd Expected for 28th Annual Fifth Third Turkey Trot - Registration Now Open

The Parade Company is proud to announce open registration for the 28th Annual Fifth Third Turkey Trot, Michigan’s largest 10K run, the 8th Annual Mashed Potato Mile and 5th Annual S3 Stuffing Strut (5K). After setting a record of nearly 15,000 runners/walkers in 2009 for the combined events, The Parade Company anticipates even more participants than last year, which could potentially make it the largest Thanksgiving Day race in the country. The race kicks off the festivities on Woodward Avenue prior to America’s Thanksgiving Parade® on Thursday, November 25 at 7:30 a.m.

Detroit student sees his winning design come to life during the 19th Annual Skillman Foundation Float Design Contest

A talented Detroit student was overjoyed to see his artistic creation come to life for the first time today when The Parade Company unveiled The Skillman Foundation winning float design at The Parade Studio in Detroit. Zacyrus Gaiter, an 8th grade student at Duke Ellington Conservatory, was the grand-prize winning artist. His drawing titled, “Dreams Do Come True,” was transformed into a float representing his dream neighborhood.

PHOTOS: 2010 Hob Nobble Gobble parade fundraiser at Ford Field in downtown Detroit

AmericaJR.com's Michele K. was LIVE at the 2010 Hob Nobble Gobble black-tie fundraiser for America's Thanksgiving Parade. It all took place on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. The Hob Nobble Gobble midway features twelve amazing rides for kids of all ages. After you've mastered the rides, show off your carnival skills on the six giant carnival games and win amazing prizes! A fantastic evening music, food, holiday delights, grand give-a-ways and headlining entertainment await you this year!

America's Thanksgiving Parade: 2010 Parade Photo Album

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo and Garrett Godwin were LIVE at the 84th Annual America's Thanksgiving Parade on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. You'll see all the major floats, balloons, marching bands and celebrities in this year's parade. In addition, you'll see Miss Michigan, The Parade Queen, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, the Detroit student who designed the Skillman Foundation Float and much more. Look for some of the best pictures right here!!

America's Thanksgiving Parade: 2010 Parade Videos

AmericaJR.com was LIVE at the 84th Annual America's Thanksgiving Parade on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. If we interviewed you at the parade, this is where to see the video. Also, look for highlights of the parade here. We'll feature new videos all week long...

Rain holds off as America's Thanksgiving Parade offers smiles for all By Garrett Godwin

Though the day started out a little bit wet and remaining cloudy, there was still a blessing going from Woodward to downtown Detroit mid-Thursday morning to early afternoon: the 84th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. It featured 300,000 beads, 125 paper-mache heads, 29 floats, 13 bands, nine balloons, nine specialty units and five equestrian units. For one woman, this was the day to not only give thanks for what she has been grateful for, but the day to give celebrate her life with loved ones -- and with no regrets.

2010 Thanksgiving Day Football Games

Read about all the football games that will be taking place on Thanksgiving Day within the NFL professional and NCAA College Football leagues. After you enjoy your Thanksgiving feast, sit back and watch some football!

 

 

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