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Grandstand Tickets

Grandstand Tickets for the 2018 America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van will be available at the beginning of September! Follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest Parade information!

Step-off (Woodward & Kirby) 

Located in front of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Step-Off Grandstands are the best place to watch all the action as the floats, balloons, bands, and specialty units start their march down Woodward!

Parking is available for pre-purchase in the Wayne State University parking garage on Warren – please call 313-923-7400 ext. 235 for more information. This pass is not sold on-line. Only available for Step-Off location.

Mack Ave. (Woodward & MLK Blvd) 

View The Parade from the corner of MLK & Woodward! This section is on the west side of Woodward and is located at the Q-Line station.

Detroit Blue Zone (Woodward & Montcalm) !

Located in front of Comerica Park and adjacent to Parade Plaza, these grandstands are a great view of The Parade with the historic Fox Theater as a backdrop! Cheer on the Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot runners as “the Parade before The Parade” races past!

Grand Circus Park (Woodward & North of Witherall) 

A favorite location of Parade goers, watch your favorite floats, and balloons as the get ready to “do the limbo” under the People Mover!! One of the widest points of The Parade, you may even see a balloon do a quick spin! This section is on the east side of Woodward.

People Mover (Woodward & South of Witherall)  

The floats have made it under the People Mover and now it’s time to get ready for TV! Watch as they are put back in place and the balloons are raised high in the air to finish their journey down Woodward!

TV Zone (Woodward & Grand River) 

Here they come! The floats and balloons are ready for their TV time and you get to see them make their grand entrance! Seats are on the west side of Woodward.

Santa’s Stage in TV Zone (Woodward & Grand River) 

The best seat in the house to see the WDIV pre-Parade activities!  A chance to see all the celebrities, performances and interviews of The Parade!  YOU might get to be on TV too! Seats are located on the west side of Woodward next to Santa’s Castle.

Campus Martius (Woodward & Gratiot) 

In the heart of downtown Detroit north of Campus Martius Park, enjoy the view of The Parade as it heads to the finish line! Located in front of One Campus Martius.

Hard Rock Café Breakfast Package 

Enjoy a great breakfast at The Hard Rock Café Detroit before heading out to your grandstands. Seating will be in front of One Campus Martius near the Hard Rock Café.


Children’s Tickets for all sections:

One child under the age of 2 will be admitted per purchased ticket but must sit on the ticket holder’s lap. The child must remain on the lap of the paid ticket holder at all times.

Please note the following rules to ensure the best experience of The Parade for you and your fellow Parade watchers:

  • Grandstands open at 8 a.m. We recommend arriving early as seating is general admission.
  • Only small bags will be allowed in the grandstands. Security will be present and may inspect your bag.
  • Strollers are not allowed in the grandstand area.
  • No umbrellas or signage will be allowed in the grandstands.
  • No smoking or e-cigarettes are allowed.
  • Tickets must be worn on the outside of jackets and be worn at all times.

Tickets will be mailed the first week in November.