Guide To America’s Thanksgiving Parade 2013
The 87th America’s Thanksgiving Parade, one of the country’s oldest and most celebrated parades, will kick-off on the corner of Woodward Avenue and Kirby on Thursday, November 28 at 8:45 a.m. and end at Woodward Avenue and Congress in downtown Detroit.
The parade is free to the public with grandstand tickets now available starting at $40.
Other highlights of the event include the 30th annual Turkey Trot, Michigan’s largest 10K run, Strategic Staffing Solutions Stuffing Strut (5K) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Mashed Potato Mile.
Leading up to the parade, the Hob Nobble Gobble event is hosted to raise funds for The Parade Company.
2013 Parade Who’s Who
Grand Marshal: Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland
Celebrity appearances including singer, dancer actor Garrett Clayton, Japanese performing artist Kenichi Ebina, fashion designer and reality TV competitor Melissa Fleis, Miss Michigan 2014 Elizabeth Iverzaj, Douglas Keane-chef and reality TV winner, Sarah Lenore-pop/country artist and reality TV competitor, Angel Mills-Miss Black Michigan USA 2014, Sixto Rodriguez of “Sugarman” fame and more!
And everyone’s favorite … Santa Claus!
Coming & Going
If you plan to drive anywhere near Woodward on Wednesday or Thursday you might want to check this list of street closures.
The best way to get down to the route is to use the park and ride shuttle. Park your vehicles and ride a DDOT shuttle starting at 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Parking is free at the following park and ride locations.
- Eastland Mall (Beaconsfield entrance) – arrives downtown at Library between Gratiot and Grand River
- Fairlane Mall – arrives downtown at Adams Street at Clifford
- Northland Mall (Greenfield entrance) – arrives downtown at Adams Street at Clifford
Fares: (exact change please!)
- Adult: $2 each way
- Youth: (18 years and under) – $1 each way
- Children: (under age 5 or 44 inches tall) – Free (limit three, accompanied by an adult)
Recommended parking areas:
Cadillac Farmer $10
6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Ford Underground Garage $10
30 East Jefferson
5 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Joe Louis Arena Garage $5
900 W. Jefferson
4:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The parade starts on Woodward North of Henry and travels through downtown to Jefferson Ave. Click here for a map.
Know Before You Go
There’s nothing worse than being cold during the parade. Make sure you dress in layers and dress appropriate for the forecast. Check the 7 day forecast by the WWJ-TV First Forecast team.