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By: Maria King
Date: November 19, 2017
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November 19, 2017

Nov 23, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017
Since 1974,  A family-friendly event for nearly four decades, Stu Sarjeant and his four-year-old son, Jim, created the Daytona Turkey Run in 1974. Today, it boasts show quality cars from around the country including restored classics, newer, customized rides and foreign and domestic exotics. Whether you’re looking for a ‘57 Cadillac 62 series, 1996 Bentley Turbo R, Packard Woody Wagon from 1948 or ’62 Triumph TR3A, the Daytona Turkey Run is one of Daytona’s most sought- after attractions and the place to be Thanksgiving weekend. Swap Meet, Car Corral, and Arts and Fashion Bazaar Each year, thousands of swap meet vendors offer everything from auto parts and accessories to clothing and gifts, as well as food and beverage vendors. There’s also the annual Car Corral where thousands of cars line up in the infield for participants to buy and sell vehicles. An Arts and Fashion Bazaar has recently been added to the Daytona Turkey Run showcasing handmade art, crafts and fashion – perfect for getting some holiday shopping done. 
65000 Attendees
Nov 25, 2017
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.
40000+ Attendees
Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017
Since 1994. As part of the city’s award-winning annual festival, the holiday light display will kick off with the Countdown to Glendale Glitters Show beginning at 5:30pm. The countdown show continues with a solo performance by the now-famous local star Lauren Froderman, who will go on to help the Glendale City Council turn on the 1.5 million lights that cover 16 blocks throughout downtown Glendale, creating Arizona’s largest free holiday light display!
270000 Attendees
Nov 24, 2017
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.
50000 Attendees
Nov 23, 2017
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.
420000 Attendees
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!
1400000 Attendees
Nov 23, 2017
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.
2000000 Attendees
Nov 23, 2017
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.
500000 Attendees
Nov 24, 2017
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.
150000 Attendees
Nov 23, 2017
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.
200000 Attendees
Nov 26, 2017
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!
100000 Attendees
Nov 23, 2017
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!
150000 Attendees
Nov 23, 2017
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.
250000 Attendees
Nov 24, 2017
Join the LoDo District and the Union Station Alliance in our favorite holiday tradition! Mingle with Santa, enjoy drinks at Terminal Bar, dance to classic holiday jingles by the Denver Dolls. All leading up to the revealing of this year’s holiday lighting of the iconic station!
75000 Attendees
Nov 24, 2017
Since 1995. It’s time for one of the most longstanding and cherished holiday traditions in Tempe; the Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade sponsored by Wells Fargo! The parade will feature as many as 40 units, including floats, balloons, clowns, novelty units, marching bands, and the arrival of Santa Claus. Starting on Mill Avenue at 3rd Street, the U-shaped parade route travels south to 7th Street, west on 7th through Centerpoint Plaza and north on Maple back to 5th Street. At the conclusion of the parade is the Fantasy of Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by Tempe St. Luke's Hospital, in Centerpoint Plaza. Santa Claus will take the stage for his official duties and then takes his seat in Centerpoint Plaza to hear children’s special gift requests. Families are encouraged to bring their own camera for free Selfies with Santa. Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season amid the glittering lights of the Mill Avenue District. The Tempe Fantasy of Lights kicks off with the Opening Night Parade. Support your Mill Avenue District businesses this holiday season while shopping in the most festive atmosphere in the Valley. Plan accordingly for where you will view the parade as the Lightrail platform at 3rd and Mill is the middle of the staging area. Spectators will need to stand on the sides of Mill Avenue or 7th Street to view the parade.
35000 Attendees
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