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This year marks the 93rd Anniversary of America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van. If you have always dreamed of being in the Parade, here is your chance to be a part of one of the oldest and most cherished traditions in Detroit!

Some positions are not open to the public and require a minimum number of volunteer hours with The Parade Company. Be sure to read the 2019 Parade Job Descriptions and requirements before submitting your application.

The Parade is an eagerly anticipated holiday tradition, uniting families throughout metro Detroit and the world! It is a celebration of family spirit and storybook wonder. With billowing balloons, fantastic floats, marching bands, colorful costumes and clowns, America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van symbolizes the joy and magic of the holiday season.

The Parade Company is looking for volunteers to fill a wide variety of roles not only in support of the Parade but also other fabulous events, such as Hob Nobble Gobble® presented by Ford Motor Company, Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot and The Ford Fireworks.

If you are more of a “behind the scenes” type, we have a role for you, too!  Whatever you are looking to do we can use your help.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

If you are a new volunteer and wish to be added to The Parade Company’s volunteer database, please complete our online Events Volunteer Application.  Once you do, you will be put into the volunteer database and begin to receive the monthly volunteer newsletter and upcoming volunteer opportunities including the Parade and many other great events!

If you are interested in volunteering for America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van, you must also complete the Parade online application.

Every volunteer receives appropriate training, makes long-lasting friendships, receives rewards for hours worked and has the opportunity to create smiles for many!

Have a question? Check out our most Frequently Asked Questions here!

If you have additional questions you can contact the Director of Volunteer Services at

Check out the latest  Parade Company Volunteer Newsletters!

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