Turkey Day is just two days away, and you know what that means! It’s almost time for America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van.
The parade has been a staple in the city of Detroit since 1924, and year after year, hoards of eager spectators line Woodward Avenue for a glimpse of new features and old favorites, from floats to bands to Santa Claus himself.
The parade begins at 8:50 a.m. at Kirby Street and Woodward Avenue, and while the parade itself is the main event, you can also work off some calories before you ingest them at the Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot!
The BCBSM Mashed Potato Mile and Turkey Trot 10K kick things off bright and early at 7:30 a.m., followed by the Stuffing Strut 5K at 8:30 a.m. Packet pickup and the post-race awards ceremony both take place at Cobo Center.
Registration for all three events is available here.
If you’re downtown to watch the parade action live, keep in mind that The Majestic Complex is hosting a Thanksgiving Family Fun Fest starting at 7 a.m., including a breakfast buffet! The best part is, you can stay warm and watch the parade from inside The Majestic Café or Garden Bowl as it goes down Woodward Avenue.
The buffet costs $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and under. Parking costs $10.
For those of you who are really interested in the inner workings of the Parade Company, did you know you can tour the Parade Studio? Tours allow you to explore a 200,000 square-foot area of floats, more than 3,000 costumes and an expansive collection of papier-mâché heads.
Guided walking tours of the studio are available year round, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday tours and group tours are available upon request.
While you can arrive downtown early to claim front row seats along the route, grandstand tickets are also available for purchase.
Enjoy the parade, Metro Detroiters! And have a Happy Thanksgiving.