America’s Thanksgiving Parade: A Time-honored Detroit Tradition!

By: Ken Cross | November 10, 2012

There is nothing like tradition. Coming from an all-Polish family, I know about tradition. Detroit is no different. Here we have a time-honored tradition that happens every year on Thanksgiving. No, I am not talking about our beloved football game… though that is a tradition in itself! I am talking about the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade!

This year marks the 86th year of the parade through downtown Detroit. If you have never been to the parade or seen it on television, you are missing out! This is one of the country’s oldest and most distinguished parades. With a host of recognizable and loveable characters, it is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season!

The jury is still out on the best way to take it all in. There are many Metro Detroiters that incorporate the parade as part of their Thanksgiving Day ritual from home. A little breakfast, coverage of the parade on the TV and the family gathered together. The perfect calm prelude to the storm of cooking that is to come.

Then there are those that would rather be caught up in the excitement of the downtown crowd. Gathering with friends and strangers alike and finding the perfect spot to sit and watch as the excitement marches by. There is also the option of buying Grandstand tickets. You even have the opportunity to purchase breakfast with some of the parade characters!

Whether you decide to bundle up and head downtown, or stay home and watch in the comfort of your own living room, don’t miss out. This is one of the best in the country and thoroughly entertaining. Now is the perfect time to start creating traditions of your own and the parade can be a big part of them!

The parade starts at 9:05 am on Woodward Avenue and Mack on Thanksgiving morning, the 22nd of November 2012. Coverage will be on WDIV channel 4 as well as WJR 760 AM.

For more information on the parade route, tickets and more, please visit www.theparade.org.