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2018

DETROIT WINS — USA TODAY ANNOUNCES AMERICA’S THANKSGIVING PARADE® PRESENTED BY ART VAN AS NUMBER ONE HOLIDAY PARADE IN AMERICA

Detroit’s Iconic Parade Number One in USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award Contest

 America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van has been named as the Best Holiday Parade in America by the 2018 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Produced by The Parade Company, Detroit’s iconic Thanksgiving parade is broadcast in 185 cities across the U.S. and just celebrated its 92nd year on storied Woodward Avenue where nearly one million people gather each Thanksgiving Day.

“We are incredibly honored and proud in Detroit to have America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van named as the Best Holiday Parade in America by USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards,” said Tony Michaels, president & CEO of The Parade Company. “Every year our team works together to create the best parade imaginable – putting Detroit on a national stage and taking this world-class event and broadcast to a new level for Detroiters and viewers across the country.”

Nominees for USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards were selected by a panel of experts and voted on by the public. USA TODAY’s announcement may be found here: https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-holiday-parade/. 10Best.com provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. 10Best.com averages 5 million visitors per month.

America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van is featured annually on WDIV-Local 4, including a one-hour syndicated national broadcast reaching more 185 major cities across the country. News/Talk 760 WJR’s Paul W. Smith and WOMC’s Stephen Clark and JoAnne Purtan also broadcast parade day shows.

America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van is one of the country’s largest and most spectacular Parades in the United States! Every November something magical happens on Detroit’s historic Woodward Avenue, a holiday tradition that dates back to 1924.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Parade spectators line historic Woodward Avenue Thanksgiving morning to watch the larger than life floats, colorful helium-filled balloons, thunderous marching bands, and exciting specialty acts! The Parade is televised live locally on WDIV- Local 4 with a syndicated national potential reach of over 65 million households! Radio coverage begins with “A Prelude to The Parade” hosted by Paul W. Smith on News/Talk 760 WJR at 6:00 and runs until 9:30 a.m. The LIVE play-by-play of The Parade begins on 104.3 WOMC  from 10 a.m.- Noon. The Parade kicks off from the corner of Kirby and Woodward at 8:45 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning with the live broadcast on WDIV Local 4 at 10 a.m. and online at www.clickondetroit.com.

Click here for the latest syndication listing.

 

2018 Parade Route

 

 Parade entries for the 2018 America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van have closed!

Haven’t you always dreamed of being a part of the magic and tradition of The Parade? Well now is your chance to shine! Each year hundreds of thousands of Parade spectators line historic Woodward Avenue on Thanksgiving morning to watch the larger-than-life floats, colorful – high-flying balloons, thunderous marching bands, and unique performance acts. We invite you to apply to be a part of the magic!

Click here to download a copy of the Dance Team application!

Click here to download a copy of the Equestrian Unit application!

Click here to download a copy of the Marching Band application!

 

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Thank you for being part of the magic of the 92nd America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van on November 22, 2018!

Click the links for images of The Parade courtesy of Pointe Photography,  Aly Darin Photography, and Costuming photos and the start of The Parade!