America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van | 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

America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van, 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 the Turkey Trot, a series of fun races a mile, 5K and 10K long, where runners suit up in nearly every costume you could imagine, including, of course, turkey getups.

Recognized as one of the best Thanksgiving parades in the country by U.S. News & World Report Travel, America's Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van is celebrating its 91st anniversary. Talk about tradition! 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 race takes place along downtown's historic Woodward Avenue. 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. Also on Thanksgiving morning, the 35th Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot will take place featuring an estimated 20,000 runners participating in one of the nation's largest 10k races on Thanksgiving Day. Registration is not yet open. Follow The Parade Company on Facebook at and on Twitter with @ParadeCo.

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Nov 22, 2018


Woodward & Kirby
Detroit, MI, United States
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