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By: Maria King
Date: November 18, 2018
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November 18, 2018

Nov 23, 2018 - Nov 24, 2018
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!
220,000 Attendees
Nov 29, 2019
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, 2019
Since 1971. The annual holiday parade features over 100 beautifully decorated floats, marching bands as Appleton welcomes Santa Claus to town. - - - The Parade will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the corner of State Street and College Avenue. It will head east on College Avenue to Drew Street.
75,000 Attendees
Nov 28, 2019
Since 1934, Ring in the holiday season with the 2019 Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade! Enjoy gigantic balloons, the nation’s finest marching bands, majestic horses, festive floats, incredible performance groups, celebrities, and an appearance from Santa Claus! The parade starts at 8:00am Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28 on State Street in downtown Chicago. Individual Sponsorships for the VIP Experience are available at www.chicagothanksgivingparade. Can’t make it down to State Street? Enjoy #ChiParade at home by watching the live broadcast on WGN 9 Chicago or WGN America.
420,000 Attendees
Nov 28, 2019
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!
1,400,000 Attendees
Nov 28, 2019
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 28, 2019
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.
500,000 Attendees
Nov 23, 2018
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 28, 2019
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.
200,000 Attendees
Nov 25, 2018
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!
100,000 Attendees
Nov 28, 2019
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!
150,000 Attendees
Nov 30, 2019
The Jacksonville Light Boat Parade has been a holiday tradition for more than 30 years. Vessels of all shapes and sizes adorn their hulls with festive decorations as they float along the north and south banks of the St. John River. Residents and visitors alike gather along the north and south riverbanks in downtown Jacksonville to witness this magical event. The evening then culminates with one of the best fireworks show on the First Coast featuring “waterfalls” off of the Main Street and Acosta Bridges. The boat parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Boats will start at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel and follow along the Northbank Riverwalk to the Fuller Warren Bridge. The parade will then cross to the south bank and follow along the Riverwalk to the Duval County School Board building.
200,000 Attendees
Nov 23, 2018
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!
75,000 Attendees
Nov 23, 2018
Since 1995. It’s time for one of the most longstanding and cherished holiday traditions in Tempe; the Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade! 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.
35,000 Attendees
Nov 23, 2018
Since 1991. Kick-off the holiday season with the Parade of the Big Balloons, sponsored by Tower Square. At 11AM, the procession of helium giants makes its way down Main Street from Lyman Street to Locust Street. Springfield's own Cat in the Hat and a few of his inflatable friends will be joined by musical, marching and motorized contingents. They will be leading the way for Santa who will make his appearance on Springfield Fire Department's Ladder #1.
70,000 Attendees
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