America's Thanksgiving Parade
Thanksgiving would not be complete without The Parade’s biggest star – Santa – who has delighted the hearts of children of all ages for more than 75 years in Detroit.
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Parade Events

There were plenty of fun and exciting events in 2004 surrounding America's Thanksgiving Parade®! Keep checking back for details on these and other Parade events for 2005!

Giant Annual Balloon Wash
Scrub-a-Dub-Dub! Clownie, mascot of America's Thanksgiving Parade®, and a few of his friends including Captain Underpants, Humpty Dumpty, Captain Safety and Elmo were prepped for their "giant" performance on Thanksgiving morning at this annual event. Join The Parade Company team, volunteers and inflation experts at the balloon wash in early October and be a part of Parade preparations by washing our larger-than-life storybook characters.

Official Parade Grandstand Tickets
Thousands celebrated the magic of the 2004 America's Thanksgiving Parade®, themed "Giving Thanks ," from official Grandstand seats. Located along Woodward Avenue in the Grand Circus Park area, these premier seats offered an up close, unobstructed view of The Parade! Tickets are now available!

Hob Nobble Gobble®
Hob Nobble Gobble®, The Parade Company's spectacular, black-tie fundraiser, is back this year with all the splendor and grandeur remembered from past years, including a Midway, carnival games, live entertainment, exquisite dining and much more! This unforgettable night of enchantment and wonder will take place at the Michigan State Fairgrounds on November 23, 2005 from 6-10 p.m.and will feature a live performance by a national celebrity! Tickets are $200 each for child tickets, $350 each for Benefit tickets, $500 each for Patron tickets and $1000 each for SuperStar tickets. You won't want to miss this! Call 313.923.7400 ext. 230 to purchase your tickets today!

23rd Annual Turkey Trot and
The Mashed Potato Mile

The Parade Company welcomes back Fifth Third Bank as the official sponsor of the 23rd Annual Turkey Trot and the 3rd Annual Mashed Potato Mile! Visit our new expanded Turkey Trot section for online registration!

Last year, More than 800 people participated in the Mashed Potato Mile, a one mile run/walk leading up to Michigan's largest 10K run - and "the tradition before the tradition" - the Turkey Trot, in which more than 5,000 runners participated.

America's Thanksgiving Parade®
Join more than one million spectators curbside on Woodward Avenue and more than 102 million households nationwide this Thanksgiving morning as Detroit's most cherished holiday tradition, America's Thanksgiving Parade®, themed "Hip Hip Parade ," celebrates 79 years of Parade tradition.

There are fantastic new floats including Every Day Heros sponsored by DaimlerChrysler Corporation, the Nick Jr./NOGGIN Fan Club float and a new Float sponsored by The Skillman Foundation to be announced.

A new giant inflatable - sponsored by The Skillman Foundation to be announced - and a brand New Uncle Sam Balloon will join returning favorites such as Clownie and the Nutcracker.

A dozen high-stepping marching bands, the Fred Hill Briefcase Drill Team and other entertaining performers will travel down The Parade route beginning in front of the Detroit Public Library and traveling south on Woodward Avenue to Grand Circus Park.

The 2005 America's Thanksgiving Parade® will step-off at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 24, 2005! Find out about tickets now!

Holidays on Parade
Take a geewhizical journey into Paradeland where the joy and magic of America's Thanksgiving Parade® continues! Spend an afternoon at The Parade Studio, a wonderland of larger-than-life floats featured in this year's Parade. It's fun for the whole family with face painting, games and prizes, arts and crafts, live entertainment, delicious treats, rides and games! Best of all - explore and photograph your favorite floats up close and personal!

Returning to The Parade Studio is the jolly ol' elf himself - Santa where children of all ages can visit and purchase a special keepsake to cherish forever!

Admission is $5 per person (2 and under are free)
Click here for a coupon for $1 off admission!
Tickets for activities and food are $1 each.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sundays,  Noon - 5 p.m.

November 26 & 27
December 3 & 4

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