Best Thanksgiving Parades Around the U.S.

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am sure the majority of you are mostly concerned with food. There is just so much to prepare. Turkey with stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread, cranberry sauce, and delishes pies to tie it all together. Just thinking about all of this food I am feeling full and ready for a nap. But Thanksgiving is not just about the indoors. There are many cultural events happeneing around that are unique to this holiday and are worth checking out. One of those are the traditional parades that take place all over the country. So when you are done eating and feel like taking part in the thanksgiving spirit with the rest of your community, here are some of the biggest parades around the United States.

My Macy's Holiday Parade - Seattle, Washington

If you are not able to attend the official New York Macy's Parade, this is your next best option. Going around the streets of Downtown Seattle to Macy's doorstep, you will be able to see Macy's signature inflatable floats along with 25 floats, marching bands, hundreds of costumed characters, professional sports teams and community drill teams. For the specific route, check out the official website. Also, make sure to return later that day for the lighting of the Macy's Holiday Star. Taking place on Nov 23 from 9 a.m to 10 a.m, Downtown Seattle, 7th Ave. & Pine St.

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade - Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Parade started back in 1947 and promises to be the best way to celebrate Thanksgiving in the area. Last year there were 18 floats, 12 huge ballons, 7 segwalloons, 15 marching bands, and 11 performing acts. This year you should expect no less, if not more. The parade starts on 9th Street at 9:00am on Thursday, Nov 22. If you are not able to attend for any reason, you can also watch it at 4:00pm on WBTV and on Christmas morning. For more information check the official website.

Chicago's Thanksgiving Parade - Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago's Thanksgiving Parade welcomes Uncle Dan's Outdoor Store as the new sponsor of the parade. Apart from the amazing performances, balloons, music, and floats you can youself be part of the parade. You can volunteer and participate in various forms. Check out the website for more information. The Parade will take place on November 22 from 8am to 11am and will be on State Street, from Congress to Randolph.

H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade - Houston, Texas

Another Thanksgiving morning parade you don't want to miss is the one taking place in Houston. It began in 1949 and though went through various modifications, it is still the center of the thanksgiving celebrations around the city. You can expect all the iconic Thanksgiving symbols as well as traditional presentations unique to the Houston community. The parade will start at 9am on Lamar St, close to the Wells Fargo Palaza, and end on Dallas St, right by the Hyatt Regency Hotel. For more information, check out the official website.

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America's Thanksgiving Parade - Detroit, Michigan

This parade has been nominated for the second year in row by USA Today for the 2018 10 Best Readers' Choice travel awards. It is one of the largest and most extravegant parades in the United States. The first parade took place on 1924, and they haven't stopped amazing the audience since. The parade will take place on Thanksgiving day, starting at 8:45am in the corner of Kirby and Woodward and will go south on Woodward Ave. For more information, check out the official website.

Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This is the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country. You should be expecting massive floats and giant balloons accompanied by local performances, including music and dance groups. If you are looking for the best spot to catch the parade, try to save a good spot at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is also the finish location of the parade. If you want to join the 99th anniversary of the parade, join it on November 22 from 8:30am-12pm. Check out the parade's route Here.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - New York, New York

The best known parade in the United States is definitely this one. You should be expecing the best entertainment, epic balloons, giant floats and amazing talent. If you can't attend this party in person, you can check it out through Verizon 360 Live real-time stream and feel like you are there. The parade stretches over 2.5 miles featuring some of the greatest NYC areas. Starting at 9am on West 77th and Central Park, you will go all the way to Columbus Circle and then along 6th Avenue to Macy's Herald Square. To be a part of this great experience check out the official website for more information.

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