‘Tis the Season, for Thanksgiving Parades!



A colorful balloon in a prominent Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Evelyn Chan, Photojournalist

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to start planning for festivities! Whether you’re going to a huge Thanksgiving feast or just enjoying a simple Thanksgiving off from school, chances are the Thanksgiving parades are going to somehow make their way into your celebration from either Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or better yet, your own television!


Thanksgiving parades happen from all over the country, from New York City to Detroit, each with their own little flare and sense of imagination. So, to keep it all in order, here’s the must watch parades for 2014:


  1. The most well-known parade of them all is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Broadcast nationally on NBC, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade brings together celebrities like Hilary Duff, Lucy Hale, Nick Jonas, Idina Menzel (wonder what she’s singing), MKTO, Pentatonix, and many more! In addition, the creative floats are back again, joined by sixteen giant character balloons; thirty-three novelty, ornament balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; twenty-seven floats; 1,300 cheerleaders and dancers; 1,000 clowns; and twelve marching bands. This parade brings the party right to your home. Check this parade out on NBC from 9 AM to 12 PM Thanksgiving morning.
  2. Held by The Parade Company in Detroit, Michigan, the 2014 America’s Thanksgiving Parade is celebrating its 88th year on Woodward Avenue. Aided by clowns of all kinds as well as a high school marching band, a dance team, and an equestrian unit, this parade is sure to entertain! This parade will be broadcast live on WDIV Local 4 from 10 AM to 12 PM Thanksgiving morning.
  3. Over in Philadelphia, broadcast nationally through 6ABC, the Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is ornamented with its own list of celebrities like Lance Bass, Miss America, and Candice Glover; as well as a list of animated celebrities like the Lorax, the Grinch, Mr. Potato Head, and Frosty the Snowman. To check this parade out, tune in to 6ABC Thanksgiving morning from 8:30 to 12.
  4. If floats, bands, and the general scenery of parades aren’t your taste, try this Thanksgiving food festivity! On the Food Network, Thanksgiving Live! brings together a handful of celebrity chefs such as Bobby Flay, Alton Brown, Ina Garten, and Giada DeLaurentiis. These Thanksgiving food experts will be on call ready to answer any of your Thanksgiving turkey troubles throughout the day as well as provide advice for any of the food fanatics out there.


Some personal advice from one Mustang to another, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is strongly recommended. Take it from Courtney Burns (12), who says, “My family and I have the parade running throughout the day. I love seeing the different groups of people and the creativity! The skateboarding dog from last year was awesome!” Well, this year is surely to be even better.


Enjoy your Thanksgiving with those you cherish most. Don’t forget to take a moment to think back upon what you should be thankful for this year.