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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 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.
50,000 Attendees
Nov 23, 2017
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.
6,000 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.
420,000 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!
1,400,000 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.
2,000,000 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.
500,000 Attendees
Nov 24, 2016
The parade begins promptly at 9 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour. NEW PARADE ROUTE FOR 2016! The Holiday Parade's route will begin at NW 9th Ave and W. Burnside, then travels south on SW 9th Ave., east on SW Stark St., south on Broadway, east SW Alder St. (past Macy's) to SW 4th Ave., north on SW 4th Ave. to West Burnside, west on W. Burnside to NW Broadway, north on NW Broadway, and west on NW Flanders St. to NW Park Ave. for disband. The Oregonian and K-103 FM radio are the media partners for the Parade this year. The 2016 My Macy's Holiday Parade will feature 25 Macy's floats, local middle and high school marching bands, and 600+ costumed characters, community floats and much more! New to this year's parade is a lovable inflatable snowman float. In addition, we are introducing our very first inflatable costume! A very happy inflatable elf costume will make its debut in this year's parade. The parade will conclude shortly after Santa dashes in his sleigh past Macy's, heading directly from the North Pole to his Portland holiday post at Macy's Santaland, which opens at 11:00 AM.
65,000 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.
150,000 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.
200,000 Attendees
Nov 24, 2017
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 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!
150,000 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.
250,000 Attendees
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