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The Parade Company is seeking talented and entertaining marching bands, dance teams and equestrian units to participate in the 2024 America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Gardner White! The Selection Committee selects units based on their use of costumes, music, performance, entertainment value and teamwork with The Parade Company.
Applications are required to be completed in full for consideration and must be submitted no later than Friday, August 2, 2024.


2024 Dance Application

2024 Equestrian Application

2024 Marching Band Application


Check out the images (below) of the 97th America’s Thanksgiving Parade®  presented by Gardner White courtesy of Pointe Photography, Cheri Warnock Photography, Derek Juntunen Photography and Adrian Bradley Photography!

Pointe Photography

Cheri Warnock Photography

Derek Juntunen Photography

– 2023 Turkey Trot Photos –

Adrian Bradley Photography


The 2023 America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Gardner White is proud to have made its 97th appearance on Woodward Avenue on Thursday, November 23rd!! Celebrating A Heart of History, the Parade featured a star-studded line-up of one-a-kind floats, colorful costumes, high soaring balloons, thunderous marching bands, and dancing elves!! Below are some fun facts about last year’s Parade!


  • An amazing list of sponsors cruised Woodward with 28 FLOATS, including three new designs by Barton Malow, Corewell Health, and The Skillman Foundation.


  • Soaring high were SIX BALLOONS including a brand-new Captain Underpants!!


  • Don’t forget to cheer on your local high school – the 2023 Parade featured 11 MARCHING BANDS!!


Allen Park High School

Chippewa Valley Big Reds

Dakota High School

Detroit Public Schools Community District All City Band

Fraser High School Rambler Marching Band

Gibraltar Carlson Marauder Band

Rochester Adams Highlander Marching Band

Romulus High School Marching Eagles

St. Johns High School Redwing Band

Warren Mott Marauder Music Machine

Woodhaven Warrior Marching Band


Check out this awesome line-up of celebrity guests!!

Lomas Brown – Co-Grand Marshal!! First round draft pick for the Detroit Lions in the 1985 NFL Draft! Recently added to the Detroit Lions Hall of Fame!!

Lauren Nicole Chapman – Proud Michigan Native! Actor, Singer, and Dancer currently the voice of Princess Anna in the Broadway edition of Disney’s Frozen, which will open the 2023 Parade!

Huel Perkins – Co-Grand Marshal!! Emmy award winning anchor / journalist, now retired from WJBK Fox 2 News!

Lauren Speed-Hamilton – Detroit Native best known for Netflix’s “Love is Blind”!!

Grace West – Canton Native, and runner up on Season 23 of The Voice!

BCBSM Contest Winner – Winner of a once-in-a-lifetime experience to deliver the ceremonial game ball to Ford Field!

Skillman Foundation Float Winner – Winner of a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see their float design come to life!

PAWS – Detroit Tiger’s Mascot

Roary – Detroit Lion’s Mascot

Hooper – Detroit Piston’s Mascot

Santa Claus – The Jolly Ole Elf!

Clownie – The Parade Company’s loveable mascot!


Additional appearances made by…

Big Head Corps presented by Dickinson Wright

Dance Dynamics Legacy

Deborah’s Stage Door Dancers

Detroit Fire Department Clown Team

Detroit Goodfellows

Detroit Mounted Police

Distinguished Clown Corps® presented by Emagine Entertainment

Mid American Pom Pon All Star Team

Performers Edge Dance Company

Studio Detroit Dance Center

Tina Marie School of Dance

Wayne County Sheriff Mounted Unit

Willow Run Rosie the Riveter Lunchbox Drill Team


The Parade stepped off at 8:45 A.M. Thursday, November 23rd on Woodward Avenue & Kirby and ended at Woodward Avenue & Congress in downtown Detroit. Hundreds of thousands of Parade-goers lined Woodward Avenue to experience the joy of Thanksgiving in Detroit!!

The two-hour broadcast of America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Gardner White is featured on WDIV-Local 4 including a one-hour national broadcast reaching 84+ million households nationwide. 760 WJR and 104.3 WMOC will also broadcast live from The Parade. The Parade is also live streamed at

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Please see below for the 2023 syndication list containing national broadcast times and locations.

2023 ATP National Syndication List