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Gobble up Some Thanksgiving Traditions this Week

By: Maria King
Date: November 18, 2012
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I know. I apologize. It was just that I wanted to jump into the Thanksgiving theme right away and few things have an immediate connection to Thanksgiving better than a turkey. I love Thanksgiving. I am sure that comes as no surprise to anyone. I mean, a holiday that is all about eating. I am such an advocate that I am wondering why I still haven’t been invited to be the Grand Marshall at any of these parades?

Tradition is all about the constant. My memories of Thanksgiving were about great family get-togethers. Lots of terrific food for sure, but also lots of great family traditions. One of my favorites was my grandmother telling stories. As a child, I looked forward to that every year even though I had heard them all before. That’s what the appeal is about this week’s events as well. You have all seen Thanksgiving Holiday parades. No surprises their. Big balloons shaped like animals, marching bands, children’s themed floats and of course Santa at the end. You don’t care that it is the same, it is the reason you love them, for the constant. That’s what makes a tradition. That’s what makes them so special.

So I invite those of you who celebrate each Thanksgiving with a parade or a football game, to continue that wonderful holiday activity. And I invite all of those who long for a great way to kick off the holiday season that doesn’t require getting up at 4am to save $100 on the latest smart phone, to start a tradition this year. I have listed here some of the best loved Thanksgiving week parades. If it isn’t possible for you to physically attend any, then I invite you to make a holiday tradition of watching one on TV. And remember that it’s a blessing to have a family. Be sure to have loving memories to go with those times when you are together. Trust me on this one. From me to you and from my family to yours, our most sincere wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 27, 2015
Since 1888, the nations oldest Santa Claus parade featuring 88 units of costumed characters, novelty walking units, horse units and decorated floats will surely get you in the holiday spirit and certainly delight the children along the route.
50,000 Attendees
Nov 26, 2015
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 26, 2015
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.
420,000 Attendees
Nov 26, 2015
Since 1927, start by watching or running the annual Turkey Trot 10k on the parade route. This parade kicks off the holiday season with nearly 100 marching units, floats, bands, equestrian units, balloons and other entertainers from across North America. Onlookers anxiously await the arrival of Santa Claus.
1,400,000 Attendees
Nov 26, 2015
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.
2,000,000 Attendees
Nov 26, 2015
The oldest parade of its kind celebrates the beginning of the holiday season with elaborate floats, toe-tapping music and the arrival of santa claus. The parade features the largest number of helium balloons in the country and Marching bands are encouraged to partcipate in the parade.
500,000 Attendees
Nov 27, 2015
Straight from the North Pole, Santa Claus will be spreading joy and good cheer as he winds his way through the streets of Downtown Portland on his brand new sleigh. Accompanied by inflatable floats, costumed characters and local community groups, Santa will lead the parade to the downtown Macy's where he will open Santaland at 11am for the holiday season. The Macy's Holiday Parade, one of Oregon's most treasured family traditions, will begin promptly on the corner of NW Park and Davis. The parade will travel east on Davis to Broadway, south on Broadway to SW Alder, east on SW Alder (past Macy's) to SW 4th, north on SW 4th to NW Flanders, west on SW Flanders to NW Park Avenue.
65,000 Attendees
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.
150,000 Attendees
Nov 26, 2015
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 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.
200,000 Attendees
Nov 27, 2015
Since 1976, come and enjoy nearly 100 unit parade, including bands, floats and marchers. Preceding the parade will be a 5K Jingle Bell Fun Run to benefit Grosse Pointe Lions Club charities. Run is at Grosse Pointe South High School Track
15,000+ Attendees
Nov 26, 2015
Since 1947, this is one of North Carolina's oldest traditions featuring great entertainment from regional high school bands, clowns, floats, novelty units and much more.
150,000 Attendees
Nov 26, 2015
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.
250,000 Attendees
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