America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit

Families can line historical Woodward Avenue Nov. 23, 2017, to see the 91st annual America's Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Detroit.

Grab your mittens and knit caps and take to Woodward Avenue Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23, 2017, to witness America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit.

The 91st annual procession through the city’s downtown – presented by Art Van Furniture – 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 Detroit street, the procession will be featured on WDIV-TV Local 4 starting at 10 a.m., as well as News/Talk 760 WJR and WOMC-104.3 and will 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.

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 massive Christmas tree downtown and averages around two hours.

The Parade Company boasts an impressive celebrity lineup for this year, in addition to the Big Head Corps, which make a splash every year, big bobbing heads, talented marching bands, dance performances, mascots and more.

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. Grandstand seats are sold out this year.

Looking for more details on 2017’s America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Detroit? Get the scoop in the Metro Parent calendar.

This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly.