America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit


Grab your mittens and knit caps and take to Woodward Avenue Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 24, 2016, to witness America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The 90th annual procession through the city’s downtown – presented by Art Van Furniture and promising a “90 Years Together” theme – is renowned for warming hearts prior to the carving of succulent birds. But the fun is not restricted to Detroiters. While hundreds of thousands of bundled parade-goers will congregate on the historical street, the procession will be featured on WDIV-TV Local 4 starting at 10 a.m., as well as News/Talk 760 WJR, and reach more than 160 cities nationwide through a one-hour national televised broadcast.

Before the step off, the Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot takes place down Woodward Avenue. Runners can now register online.

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The march begins at 8:50 a.m. at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Kirby Street in Motown and end south of Campus Martius Park near the 160-foot-tall Christmas tree downtown.

The Parade Company boasts an impressive celebrity lineup featuring co-Grand Marshals Judge Damon Keith and Actor Keegan-Michael Key, plus appearances by U.S. Olympic athletes Allison Schmitt, Aly Raisman and April Ross, singer and songwriter Mike Posner, Motown’s Martha Reeves and the Broadway cast of Motown the Musical.

As always, the Big Head Corps are back, plus there will be more than 180 big bobbing heads. See Detroit’s favorite mascots and the Yankee Air Museum Rosie the Riveter Tribute Corps, too.

It’s worth braving the cold for this Thanksgiving parade, one of the largest in the nation. You won’t want to miss out on the marching bands, splendiferously decked out floats and the beloved clowns that compose the Distinguished Clown Corps. The guest of honor, Mr. Santa Claus himself, will bring up the rear in his shiny red sleigh.

The parade is free to the public, but grandstand seats are $35 and $40 a piece. Step off is at 8:50 a.m., sharp, and the procession averages about two hours.

Looking for more details on 2016’s America’s Thanksgiving Parade in downtown Detroit? Get the scoop in the Metro Parent calendar.