Fun Things To Do This Weekend From Around The Country!
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By: Maria King
Date: November 20, 2016
November 20, 2016
Nov 24, 2016
Part of the Bayou Classic, it is a traditional Thanksgiving Day Parade from the Superdome to the French Market. he Bayou Classic is more than a football game. This annual event is one of the country's greatest college sports rivalries, bringing the fans and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University to New Orleans each November. A week of events featuring a parade, fan festival and battle of the bands culminates with Saturday's Bayou Classic football match-up.
Nov 24, 2016
Enjoy a fun Thanksgiving Day parade that includes bands, floats and marching units. The parade starts at 9am and last approximately 2 hours. A lot of the local businesses participate as well as VFW, classic cars clubs, Girl Scout troops, school groups and many others. With a few dozen floats, marching bands, dance routines, motorcycle shows, and Santa, it is sure to entertain.
Nov 24, 2016
Since 1934, State Street comes to life on Thanksgiving morning when the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade® marches into downtown Chicago. Start your holiday tradition by watching all the action live on the street and be blown away by performances from some of Chicago’s favorite theater troupes, bands, horses, and giant balloons. Maybe catch a glimpse of one of your favorite celebrities including Ronald McDonald®, Santa and more! The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade brings the holidays to your family for free.
Nov 23, 2017
Since 1924. America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van is one of the largest and most spectacular Parades in the United States! Every November something magical happens on Detroit’s historic Woodward Avenue, a holiday tradition that dates back to 1924. This year, we are celebrating 90 Years Together full of sparkles and magic that have captured the imaginations of millions of children and their families. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Parade spectators line historic Woodward Avenue Thanksgiving morning to watch the larger than life floats, colorful helium- filled balloons, thunderous marching bands, and exciting specialty acts! The Parade is televised live locally on WDIV- TV, Local 4 with a syndicated national potential reach of over 65 million households! Radio coverage will begin with, A Prelude to The Parade hosted by Paul W. Smith, on News/Talk 760 WJR. The Prelude begins at 6:00 and runs until 9:30 a.m. The LIVE play-by-play of The Parade will be on WOMC – 104.3 with Bobby Mitchell and Stacey DuFord from 10 a.m.- Noon. Join us Thursday, November 24, 2016, as the Parade steps off at 8:50 a.m. at Kirby and Woodward and goes live on TV at 10 a.m. at Grand River and Woodward!
Nov 24, 2016
Since 1924. The parade is a national tradition. Floats, bands, stage shows, bands and giant balloons. If you live in the region, and have never been to the parade, come for the time of your life. The parade ends in front of Macy's Department Store.
Nov 24, 2016
The 1.4-mile 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country and a true Philadelphia tradition. The city streets make way for massive floats and giant balloons, plus local performers from choirs, dance groups, marching bands and more. And Santa himself arrives in grand fashion, ushering Philadelphia into the holiday season. Now in its 97th year, the annual Thanksgiving Day parade promises another visual and celebratory feast. So bundle up, grab the kids or a group of friends and head out for an early holiday treat. The eye-catching highlight of the Thanksgiving Day Parade are the festive floats and massive balloons. The decorative floats come in all shapes and sizes, often featuring family friendly characters including a special visit from Santa. It wouldn’t be the Thanksgiving Day Parade without gargantuan balloons. In past years, families were delighted as Frosty the Snowman, Mr. Potato Head, My Little Pony, “Plex” from Yo Gabba Gabba, Strawberry Shortcake, Clifford the Big Red Dog, beloved Dr. Seuss characters including the Cat in the Hat, Horton, the Lorax and the Grinch and many more floated down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Nov 25, 2016
Since 1981, with trees and bridges illuminated by over 125,000 lights. The spectacular one-hour parade along San Antonio's River Walk has featured illuminated floats with celebrities, bands and lavishly-costumed participants. Over 150,000 people will gather along the River Walk to watch the spectacle live along the parade route. Millions more will join in the fun watching the television broadcast. Reserved seating is available along the parade route.
Nov 26, 2016
Since 1989, The parade, packed with bands, dancers, entertainers, floats and more, will begin at Zane Avenue at 10 am and continue to West Linden Avenue, through the heart of historic Collingswood. Cars from the Original Garden State Corvette Club and dozens of other antique and historic autos and motorcycles will drive down the parade route. Dance to marching bands, Mummers, string bands and oldies tunes to keep warm. Be sure to pour your cocoa early to get a good spot.
Nov 24, 2016
Since 1949, a holiday tradition and perennial favorite that includes floats, balloons, marching units and more. Topped off by the always highly anticipated arrival of Santa. Thousands of participants and hundreds of thousands of spectators. The Thanksgiving Day parade is a stunning showcase of sensational floats, high-flying balloons, marching bands, artistic entries and live entertainment. The parade will begin at 9:00 am on Smith at Lamar, north to Walker, east to Milam, south to Pease, west to Louisiana, north to Clay, west to Smith, and north to end at Smith and Dallas.
Nov 27, 2016
Since 1933, One of the oldest and most exciting Christmas Parades in the world. Christmas celebration features celebrities, floats, equestrian riders, classic cars and Marching bands. Always the perfect kick off to your holiday season!
Nov 24, 2016 - Jan 08, 2017
Since 1962. The sounds of the season resonate throughout our indoor and outdoor Gardens during our musically-inspired display. A towering 18-foot Fraser Fir exquisitely decorated with a garland of musical instruments takes center stage in our elegant Music Room. Organ sing-alongs, strolling carolers, and performances fill our Gardens with festive cheer. Delight in our holiday horticulture showcasing more than 6,000 seasonal plants. Outside, the sounds of oohs and aahs fill the air as illuminated stars twinkle above, colorful fountains dance to holiday music, and a half-million lights brighten the night. The fire pits will be placed at the Hour Glass Lake Pavilion, Peirce-du Pont House Plaza, and Dogwood Plaza. They'll be available every night from 4:30–10:00 pm throughout A Longwood Christmas, weather permitting.
Nov 24, 2016
Since 1947. Join us on Thanksgiving Day for this Charlotte tradition that has entertained and inspired audiences for over 70 years. Complete with dance and choral performances, marching bands from around the region, larger-than-life floats, balloons and some of your favorite characters. This year’s parade will kick off the holiday season, Charlotte- style!
Nov 24, 2016
Since 1937. 100 units including floats, giant helium balloons, equestrian units, clowns, marching bands, drum and bugle corps units from Mexico, royalty, dignitaries, celebrity Grand Marshal, and a wide variety of specialty units from Mexican / Indian dancers to military ceremonial units. The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935. The parade was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978 when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day. The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the west Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area and brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.
Nov 25, 2016
Reston Town Center launches the festive season at the 26th annual Reston Holiday Parade at 11:00 a.m. with Macy’s-style balloons, musicians, dancers, antique cars, characters, community groups, dignitaries, special guest emcees, and much more. The one-of-a-kind, one-hour, half-mile parade along Market Street also welcomes the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. Since 1991, rain or shine, the parade has been an annual tradition on the day after Thanksgiving. Before the parade begins, thousands of jingle bells will be handed out to spectators along the route. After the parade, enjoy visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus Mini-Train rides until 4:30 pm and street entertainment. The Clauses will return for the Fountain Square Tree Lighting and Sing Along at 6 pm. Afterwards, on Market Street, horse-drawn carriage rides continue from 6:30 until 10 pm. Proceeds for the photos and rides benefit local charities. The acclaimed Ice Skating Pavilion is open all day and every day from November until March. Friday, November 25, 2016 – Schedule: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Reston Holiday Parade – 26th Annual 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Santa and Mrs. Claus, visits and photos; Mini-Train Rides 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Tree Lighting and Sing Along 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Horse-drawn Carriage Rides Holidays are Here! at Reston Town Center with more festivities scheduled through December.