America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van produced by The Parade Company | Annual Events

Presented by Art Van, the city is alive and thankful as floats travel historic Woodward Avenue. Clowns, people-watching, great food and total family fun.

A long-standing tradition thrives at America's Thanksgiving Parade

America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van produced by The Parade Company, one of the country’s oldest parades, proves it. Thousands of parade-goers line up on Woodward Avenue before the sun comes up, in unpredictable weather, for colorfully crafted floats, spirited marching bands, celebrity appearances and high-flying, gigantic character balloons you can see coming from a mile away. The day’s festivities begin with a series of fun races the Blue Cross Blue Shield Mashed Potato mile, 5K Stuffing Strut and 10K Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot, where runners suit up in nearly every costume you could imagine, including, of course, turkey getups. America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van is ranked second best holiday Parade in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest! They are the #1 Thanksgiving Parade in the nation based on votes! This year's theme and Grand Marshal are yet to be announced, so please check back. The iconic parade will feature celebrities, new floats designed and built by The Parade Company, larger-than-life balloons, marching bands and specialty groups like the Distinguished Clown Corps and Big Head Corps. The 3-mile long parade begins at Kirby Street and Woodward Avenue, adjacent to the Detroit Institute for Arts and ends at Congress Street south of Campus Martius Park. Follow The Parade Company on Facebook at and on Twitter with @ParadeCo. When you're done watching all the floats go by, it's time to start planning your shopping for Thanksgiving night and beyond.

America's Thanksgiving Parade


Nov 28, 2019