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Thanksgiving Day Parades: Parades at Thanksgiving Time in the Midwest

Parades at Thanksgiving time have become a long standing American tradition. This year you can watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on television, or you can participate and enjoy one in person. Many communities, small and large, celebrate Thanksgiving with a parade. Check your local paper for information about parades in and around your area.

There are several spectacular (some are even televised) Thanksgiving parades taking place this year in the midwest. The parades will feature marching bands, large helium balloons, animal acts, local celebrities and of course – Santa Claus. Attending one would be great fun for you and your family. Following is detailed information about these events.

Downtown Detroit, Michigan – The America’s Thanksgiving Parade will be hosted in Detroit on Thursday, November 22. The theme this year is “Hats off Detroit”. The parade will begin at Woodward and Mack, and continue down Woodward to Congress Avenue. To ensure that you get a good view and a seat, you can purchase tickets in advance. Reserved seating will be at Foxtown, Grand Circus Park and Merchants Row.

Downtown Chicago, Illinois – Chicago’s McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade is one of the largest Thanksgiving Parades in the midwest. It will be held this year on Thursday, November 22 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The parade route will travel north on State street, beginning at Congress and ending at Randolph.

Gahanna, Ohio (a suburb of Columbus, Ohio) – The Holiday Parade in Gahanna will take place during Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday, November 24. This is a unique parade in that it takes place at night and features lighted floats, marching bands, antique vehicles and Santa Claus (who is said to possibly arrive via helicopter). The parade will begin at 6 p.m. in Olde Gahanna, and this year’s theme is “Spirit of the Season”.

Downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Annual Holiday Parade takes place before Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 17. Crowds will probably begin gathering at around 7 a.m, however, the actual parade will not begin until 9:30 a.m. The parade will begin on Kilbourn and Astor Street traveling west to Water Street, it will continue north on Water Street to State Street, and then west on State Street to Old World 3rd street. The parade will end at Old World 3rd Street and Wisconsin Avenue in front of the Grand Avenue Mall.

Before going you should study the parade route and determine where on the route you and your family would like to be. Plan on arriving at that spot a couple of hours or so prior to the start of the parade. To be comfortable, take portable chairs so that you can sit until the parade begins. Also, be sure to get the weather report the night before the parade and dress appropriately. Dressing in layers is always best as you can take off a jacket or sweater if you get too warm.

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