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Information About the 2013 America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit

Clowns, Big Heads and Santa


Plymouth's Briefcase Brigade in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 2008

Plymouth's Briefcase Brigade in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 2008

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America’s Thanksgiving Parade is still one of the nation’s largest. For 2013, its theme is Downtown Our Town. As always, the parade will feature papier-mâché heads, The Distinguished Clown Corps, floats, balloons and marching bands.


  • When: The 87th annual America's Thanksgiving Parade begins at 8:45 AM on November 28th, Thanksgiving Day.
  • Where: The parade route runs along Woodward Avenue from Kirby to Congress at Campus Martius. Grandstand seats are available from between $35 to $55 (depending on location and whether breakfast is included). The parade will be broadcast on WDIV-TV and WJR 760 AM from 9 to 10 AM.
  • Who: The host(s) for 2013 has not yet been announced.
  • How: The 87th annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade is made possible through the efforts of over 4500 volunteers.

Satellite Events:

  • Hob Nobble Gobble is an annual black-tie fundraiser. This year it will be held at Ford Field on Saturday, November 22nd. There will be a carnival midway, entertainment, food, and prizes. The special guest is John Cassidy (balloon magic), and the Master of Ceremonies is Paul W. Smith. Tickets typcially run about $200 child / $350 adult.
  • The 31st Annual Turkey Trot takes place in the early hours of Thanksgiving Day and is Michigan’s largest 10K run. In addition to the 10K Turkey Trot and 5K Stuffing Strut that start at 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM respectively on Woodward Avenue near Congress, the Mashed Potato Mile starts at 7:30 AM on Yzerman Drive in front of Cobo Center. Many of the 10,000 participants who run the challenging city course through downtown Detroit do so in costume. The costume judging runs from 7 to 9 AM and takes place at a table in Cobo Atrium. The Award Ceremony will take place at 8:45 AM. In the past, costumes have ranged from super heroes to Christmas characters.
  • A Day in Paradeland allows kids and adults alike to see the papier-mâché heads and floats that participated in the 2013 America’s Thanksgiving Parade. The event will be held on Saturday, November 30th from 10 AM to 5 PM and features arts, crafts, entertainment and Santa. Tickets are $6 at the door.


Downtown Detroit has a wide variety of lodging available, including bed & breakfasts, resorts and casino hotels. If you plan to attend America's Thanksgiving Parade, you can search for downtown-Detroit lodging by price, rating or amenities.

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