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America's Thanksgiving Parade, is an annual parade that is held on Thanksgiving Day in downtown Detroit, Michigan. The tradition started in the city in 1924, when the parade was called The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade[1], tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States, tied with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and four years younger than the 6abc IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia.

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Parade Details

The Parade features a variety of floats, marching bands, and balloons. Santa Claus appears at the end of the parade lineup. Also unique to the parade are The Big Head Corps, which features a large collection of papier-mâché heads[2], and also the Distinguished Clown Corps - which features local corporate and community leaders dressed as clowns [3]. The parade is made possible through the efforts of over 4500 volunteers[4].

The parade is televised locally in Detroit on NBC affiliate WDIV, and is also televised on other stations around the state and across the US. From the 1980s until 2002, CBS carried portions of the parade as part of its All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade compilation show. The coverage of the parade typically includes a preshow featuring a variety of musical acts, often with celebrity performers. The coverage concludes with the Mayor of Detroit giving Santa Claus the key to the city.

Parade Route

The parade runs down Woodward Avenue, starting near Woodward and Mack Avenue, and ending at Congress Street. The parade heads towards downtown from Mack, crossing over I-75 and enters Foxtown, near Detroit's Fox Theater, the Hockeytown Cafe, and Comerica Park. From Foxtown the parade goes through Grand Circus Park, where it then goes through the TV coverage area near Grand River and Gratiot.[5]

The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation (The Parade Company)

The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation was founded in 1982 to take over responsibilities to organize and raise funds for America's Thanksgiving Parade.[6] In 1990, The Parade Company was founded, as a division of The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation to oversee operations and marketing activities.[7]

In addition to the Thanksgiving Parade, The Parade Company has been responsible for organizing the annual Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival. The organization has also helped to plan several Stanley Cup victory parades for the Detroit Red Wings.

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