Guide To 2019 America's Thanksgiving Parade In Detroit

WWJ News
November 19, 2019 - 7:43 am
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DETROIT (WWJ) - A cherished Detroit tradition, the 93rd America’s Thanksgiving Parade, presented by Art Van, is ready to march down Woodward.

The two-hour parade — one of the country’s largest — will step off on the corner of Woodward Avenue and Kirby at 8:50 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, and end at Woodward and Congress in downtown Detroit.

This year's theme is "Detroit Shining Bright" to celebrate Detroit in the national spotlight and what is possible in our great city. 


photo: Parade Company

Grand Marshals: Detroit Youth Choir – led by director Anthony White, The Detroit Youth Choir captured hearts across the country and world with their golden-buzzer performances on NBC’s America’s Got Talent; Dennis W. Archer – served as Detroit’s Mayor from 1994 to 2001 and on the Michigan Supreme Court from 1986-1990.

Celebrity appearances: Nate Lashley – 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic Champion; Issac Ryan Brown – TV actor starring on Disney series Raven’s Home; Jim Brandstatter – Radio play-by-play announcer for the University of Michigan Wolverines football team; Robbie Timmons – Award-winning former TV news anchor and reporter with Detroit’s WJBK TV-2 and WXYZ; Tony "Superbad" Harrison – A graduate of Mumford High School and a professional boxer born and raised in Detroit; Lance Parrish – Former professional baseball catcher and member of the Tigers 1984 World Series Championship Team; Dave Rozema – Former professional baseball pitcher and member of the Tigers 1984 World Series Championship Team; Deeran Anderson – United States Navy veteran turned business & personal growth influencer, speaker, and author; Mallory Rivard – Miss Michigan America 2019; Aneesa Sheikh – Recently crowned Miss Michigan Teen USA 2020 in September 2019; Chanel Johnson – A Southfield, MI native, Johnson was crowned Miss Michigan USA in September 2019. 


Street Closures: If you plan to drive anywhere near Woodward on Wednesday or Thursday, you might encounter delays.

  • Woodward Avenue from W. Grand Blvd. to Warren will be closed completely from Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. through Thursday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m.
  • Woodward Avenue from Warren to Jefferson will be shut down beginning at 1 a.m. until the conclusion of the parade on Thursday, Nov. 28.

The following streets will have limited access beginning at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 27:

  • Amsterdam/Piquette from Cass to John R
  • Harper from Cass to John R
  • Palmer from Cass to John R
  • Ferry from Cass to John R
  • Farnsworth/Putnam from Cass to John R

The following streets will be closed beginning at 5 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28 and reopen after the S3 Turkey Trot at approximately 10 a.m.:

  • Michigan at Cass
  • Fort Street from Trumbull to Woodward
  • Congress from Shelby to Randolph
  • Larned from Shelby to Randolph
  • Shelby from Congress to Michigan
  • Michigan from Cass to Woodward
  • Monroe from Woodward to Randolph
  • Lafayette Blvd. from Trumbull to Griswold
  • Washington Blvd. from Adams to Congress
  • Atwater from Civic Center Dr. to Third

In addition, the southbound Lodge exits at W. Jefferson/Cobo and Larned Street (Exits 1A & 1B) and the northbound Lodge exit at W. Jefferson (Exit 1A) will be closed during the entire S3 Turkey Trot. The Larned exit will reopen after the S3 Turkey Trot ends.

People Mover: Those coming downtown for the morning runs, parade and the Lions Game can ride The Detroit People Mover for 75 cents from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. All 13 stations are open this year, with the closest to the parade being Grand Circus Park, Broadway and Cadillac.

Parking:  The earlier you get downtown, the better. Between the Turkey Trot, the parade and the Lions, it gets extremely congested in the downtown area, especially since police begin closing some streets on Wednesday evening.

The Parade Company recommends the following facilities for America’s Thanksgiving Parade and the Turkey Trot:

• Ford Underground Garage — 30 East Jefferson Avenue, $10
• Millennium Garage — 423 W. Congress, $10
• Grand Circus Park Garage — 1600-01 Woodward Avenue, $20
• Premier Underground Garage — 1206-08 Woodward Avenue, $10

Many other parking structures and lots in the downtown area are open for the Thanksgiving Day races and the parade. [Get more information, HERE].

Lost Children: Parents can find lost children at the Detroit Police Department Downtown Services, 20 Atwater, or by calling 313-237-2850.

Please Note: The city wants to remind parade watchers that the building of scaffolds and any similar device without a permit is prohibited during Thanksgiving events in downtown Detroit on private or public property. Violators will be ticketed.


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