America's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit
Share the southeast Michigan tradition with your kids! The 86th annual parade event will be an event to remember this Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, 2012
Get ready to kick off the holidays the old-fashioned way at the 2012 America's Thanksgiving Day Parade! Presented by The Parade Company, the theme for this year's parade – happening on Nov. 22, 2012 – is "An 86 Year Tradition," capturing the spirit of the historic importance of the long-standing Thanksgiving event.
The parade is one of the country's oldest and most celebrated, always broadcast live on WDIV Local 4 and WJR 760 AM radio. There are always floats, balloons, clowns and characters. Of course, Santa will make his awaited appearance at the parade’s end.
The fun begins at 9:05 am on Thanksgiving Day. The parade route starts at Woodward and Mack avenues, traveling down toward Congress Street Detroit. Standing is free (of course), and grandstand seating ranges from $30 to $50.
Don't skip your Thanksgiving Day breakfast! Before heading to the parade, swing by Comerica Park for the Character Breakfast, happening 7-10 a.m. with Clownie, The Parade Company's beloved mascot – and the rest of his friends at the family-friendly Tiger Club. The cost is $50 per person and includes grandstand seating at the parade.
Can’t get enough parade fun? Two days later – on Nov. 24, 2012 – spend A Day in Paradeland. It happens 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Parade Company's studio in Detroit. Get behind-the-scenes and see the featured floats of the parade up-close! Meet characters, too, and enjoy treats, crafts and games. The admission is just $6.
See the Metro Parent listing for more about the 2012 America's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit.