Parade Company announces "Together We Shine" as Theme
for 83rd America's Thanksgiving Parade
– The theme for the 83rd America’s Thanksgiving
Parade® is Together We Shine. The theme celebrates The Parade
Company bringing a spark of magic and people together to enjoy
one of Detroit’s largest and free events where for one special
moment, families can be entertained, share a tradition and create
a memory. As we celebrate the theme of this year’s Parade,
we are asking the metro Detroit community to join together to
celebrate this civic event that is so important to our community.
Thanksgiving Parade®, one of the country’s oldest and
most celebrated Parades, will step off at 9:20 a.m. on Woodward
Avenue and Mack and end at Woodward Avenue and Congress in downtown
Detroit on Thursday, November 26, 2009. Hundreds of thousands
of parade-goers will be watching as the Parade makes its way down
Parade Company is in the business of bringing people together
and our events epitomize all that is wonderful about our region,”
said Tony Michaels, President and CEO, The Parade Company. “We
get the opportunity to showcase to the world that in difficult
times we can stand together and lift each other up in such a great
city, showing that Together We Shine.”
spirit of shining together, The Parade Company is launching a
food drive to help those in need in our community. The non-perishable
food items will be collected at various Parade Company events,
now through Parade season, and will be donated to Gleaners Community
Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.
exciting Parade Company events and ways to get involved include:
Parade Company’s own Distinguished Clown Corps, a group
of corporate and community leaders who trade in their business
suits for clown suits to make the grand march down Woodward
Avenue on Thanksgiving Day.
Big Head Corps offers young professionals the opportunity to
get involved with The Parade Company while offering fun programs
and networking opportunities with other young professionals.
Tickets – See The Parade up close and personal from the
comfort of the Grandstand seats. To order tickets call 313.923.7400
or visit www.theparade.org.
Nobble Gobble® – Detroit’s premier family event,
at the Michigan State Fairgrounds on Wednesday, November 25
from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. This black-tie event is an unforgettable
evening of entertainment, fabulous food and a carnival midway
of games and rides.
Annual Turkey Trot presented by Fifth Third Bank – The
“tradition before the tradition” is Michigan’s
largest 10K run and includes the Mashed Potato Mile and 5K Stuffing
Strut. Nearly 12,000 participants run the challenging city course
through downtown Detroit in holiday costume.
Day in Paradeland – See and experience the larger-than-life
floats featured in America’s Thanksgiving Parade? on Saturday,
November 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at The Parade
Company. Admission is $6.00 per person (ages 2 and under are
free). Food is available for purchase. Everyone is encouraged
to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Gleaners Community
Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and those in need in our
Rentals – Your favorite costumes from America’s
Thanksgiving Parade? are available for rent all year round.
Thousands of adult-sized costumes are available and prices range
from $35 - $65, adult sizes only.
For more information or to reserve your costume, contact The
Parade Company’s costuming department at 313.432.7835.
Tour Program – Take a behind-the-scenes tour of The Parade
Company and discover the city’s most hidden treasure.
Tours are available for groups of 10 or more. School curriculum
for grades PreK-5 developed by Eastern Michigan University is
now available for educators to request or download at www.theparade.org.
Cost is $8 per student and $12 per adult.
– The Parade Company produces amazing events for millions
of people each year - an accomplishment that could not happen
without the dedicated support of volunteers. Visit www.theparade.org
to find out more about volunteer opportunities.
The two-hour Parade
will be featured on WDIV-TV Local 4 including a one-hour national
broadcast reaching nearly 65 million households nationwide. NewsTalk
760 WJR will also broadcast live from the Parade. This year’s
Parade will feature crowd favorites and new surprises with more
than 60 Parade units including floats, balloons, marching bands,
clowns and specialty acts.
For more information
on The Parade Company, visit www.theparade.org
or call 313.923.7400.