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Friday, 19 October, 2012 10:18 AM

John Dingell and his wife named grand marshals of America's Thanksgiving Parade

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John Dingell is the longest currently serving member of Congress.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- I was invited to the 86th America's Thanksgiving Parade Preview Party. America's Thanksgiving Parade is one of the country's oldest and most celebrated parades produced The Parade Company. It will begin at Woodward Avenue and Mack on Thursday, November 22, 2012 and will end at Woodward Ave. and Congress in downtown Detroit. This year's theme is "An 86 year Tradition."

"We look forward to welcoming Congressman Dingell and Debbie Dingell as America's Thanksgiving Parade Grand Marshals as we celebrate 86 years of parade history," said Tony Michaels, President and CEO of The Parade Company. "The Dingells' work tirelessly to advance our community and are role models to us all. It is a privilege to be able to honor them on Thanksgiving morning."

"The traditions and memories The Parade Company creates with family events such as the beloved America's Thanksgiving Parade are integral components of bringing this community together." said Debbie Dingell. "The Parade Company has always held and will continue to hold a special legacy in our hearts and does a wonderful job of shining a grand spotlight on Detroit each year."

Designed, created and built by the talented artists at the Parade Company, this year's parade will feature four new floats that will be unveiled in the weeks leading up to America's Thanksgiving Parade. The new floats will be sponsored by: the GM Foundation, the Skillman Foundation, Fifth Third Bank 30th Anniversary Turkey Trot, and Quicken Loans.

Every year, the parade features an exciting celebrity line-up and this year promises to bring parade-goers a look at the stars. Exciting celebrity announcements and details coming soon!

For more than two decades, the Distinguished Clown Corps of more than 135 corporate and community leaders generously contribute to the non-profit Parade Company for the opportunity to trade their business suits for clown suits to make the grand march down Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit.

This year will mark the fifth year of the Big Head Corps. Featuring more than 150 members, the Corps offers young professionals the opportunity to get involved with The Parade Company, while offering fun programs and networking events with other young professionals. The Parade Company owns the world's largest collection of papier-mache heads and with the support of the Big Head Corps, more than 130 of them will march down Woodward Avenue on Thanksgiving morning.

The Parade Company offers studio tours all year round taking you on a magical tour behind-the-scenes to discover the city's most hidden treasure.
More details at www.theparade.org.

Grandstand tickets are now on sale for Thursday, November 22, 2012. Prices run from $30-$50 depending on where you want to sit. Once again, people are encouraged to order tickets early as all seats are expected to sell out, and each ticket purchase includes a commemorative 2012 Parade Pin.

Tickets can be ordered at www.theparade.org or by calling 313-923-7400 or by filling out a paper order form in person at The Parade Company Studio located at 9500 Mt. Elliott, Studio A, Detroit 48211.

Have a great Thanksgiving Day everyone!

For more information about America's Thanksgiving Parade, visit www.theparade.org.

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Clowns greeting guests

 

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Distinguished Clown Corps members

 

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Popcorn for everyone

 

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Cotton candy and sno-cones

 

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Kid's Activity Center

 

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