Thanksgiving Holiday Parades

Holiday Cheers and Floats


The holiday season seems to always be bustling with shopping, cooking, and pie eating. There’s plenty to see and do with family, but one of the best ways to celebrate with loved ones and the community is through local parades. Metro Detroit knows how to throw a good parade, including one of the best parades in the country in the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. So whether you’re looking to experience Detroit’s big parade, or smaller local parades, here’s a guide to help you decide.

Allen Park’s Tree Lighting & Lighted Christmas Parade (11/22)

Kicking off the holiday season will be the 19th annual Lighted Christmas Parade on Friday, November 22. The festivities begin with a Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Historical House at 6 p.m., with the parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. The parade will make its way through Allen Park and end at the Allen Park Community Center.

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Macomb County Santa Parade (11/23)

The Macomb County Santa Parade has helped spread holiday cheer in Mount Clemens for more than 40 years and that’ll continue on Saturday, November 23. Local marching bands, large floats, and of course Santa himself will be on-hand for the lively parade. For more information on vendors, sponsors, and volunteer opportunities, be sure to visit the event’s official website.

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (11/28)

Regarded as one of the top holiday parades in the country, America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to downtown Detroit on Thursday, November 28. Historic Woodward Ave. will come alive with colorful balloons, inventive floats, entertaining acts, talented marching bands, and so much more. Check out this year’s extensive lineup find out how you can get the best views on the event’s website.

Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade (11/29)

Grosse Pointe’s 44th annual Santa Claus Parade returns with even more holiday cheer on Friday, November 29! This year’s theme is hometown heroes and will start at Lewiston and will make its way down to Cadieux on Kercheval. For more upcoming holiday events and happenings be sure to check out the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.

Holly Dickens Festival (11/29)

The Holly Dickens Festival transforms downtown Holly into a Christmas wonderland for three weekends, with a light parade kicking everything off on Friday, November 29. The parade will be followed immediately with the arrival of Santa Claus and the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony in Historic Downtown Holly. For more information on all of the events taking place over the three weekends, visit the official website and Facebook page.

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