America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van is Set for Woodward Avenue

Posted: 11/17/15

DETROIT – The Parade Company and M-1 RAIL have come together in planning for one of the most iconic Thanksgiving parades in the country, America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van, to ensure a spectacular show as the 89th annual parade travels more than three miles on Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

This year is the second edition of the parade to take place during the M-1 RAIL streetcar construction project. With the 2014 parade considered a major success, organizers continue to work closely to showcase one of Detroit’s greatest traditions.

“We are incredibly grateful for our ongoing partnership with M-1 RAIL to bring America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van to our community and 150 cities across the country,” said Tony Michaels, president and CEO of the Parade Company. “We began planning for this year’s parade a year ago and have taken this Detroit jewel to the next level. The parade will shine on Thanksgiving morning thanks to our partners at M-1 RAIL, the City of Detroit, Detroit Police Department, MDOT and many others.”

The parade will travel down Woodward Ave. on mostly new pavement, installed as part of M-1 RAIL construction, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. “Our entire team at M-1 RAIL is committed to the community and the important traditions that make our city great,” said Paul Childs, COO of M-1 RAIL. “Our construction crews have done an outstanding job of working with The Parade Company to plan for a safe and successful parade day.”

Key points include:

  • The parade will travel more than three miles down Woodward Avenue, stepping off at 8:50 a.m. at Kirby Street and Woodward Avenue, adjacent to the Detroit Institute of Arts, and ending at Congress Street south of Campus Martius Park.
  • Beginning at parade step-off, Woodward Avenue will narrow and the 62 parade units and marchers will travel along the west side of Woodward Avenue until Hancock Street where it will continue on the east side until Edmund. It is then on the west side until Adams Street where it is wide open, the full width of Woodward Avenue, to Congress Street.
  • There are no viewing obstructions for parade-goers. M1-RAIL and the Detroit Police Department will have the area well marked as to where spectators may safely stand to view the parade. Pedestrians are asked to obey all traffic safety signs. For more information about parking, vehicular and pedestrian travel, please visit m-1rail.com.
  • The parade was one of the considerations in making Detroit’s streetcar the nation’s leading off-wire route, with 60 percent operating off wire, making possible future years of the event on Woodward Avenue.
  • The Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot, the nation’s largest run on Thanksgiving morning featuring a 10k and 5k race, will take place on Woodward Avenue and throughout downtown Detroit attracting 20,000 runners.

Recognized as one of the best Thanksgiving parades in the country by US News & World Report Travel, the free two-hour Parade will be featured on WDIV-TV Local 4, including a one-hour national broadcast reaching more than 150 major cities across the country. News/Talk 760 WJR will also broadcast live from the parade route. Official grandstand seats are also available at theparade.org. Traffic information and updates are available on WDIV-TV, News/Talk 760 WJR and MDOT.

About The Parade Company

Founded in 1984, The Parade Company is a not-for-profit organization governed by the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation whose board of directors is comprised of key civic and corporate leaders in the greater Detroit region. The Parade Company is celebrating 89 years of Parade tradition in Detroit and is committed to funding, creating and executing the best family events in Michigan. The Parade Company staff, board of directors and thousands of parade volunteers work year-round to bring a wide variety of magnificent events to the City of Detroit and the region including the Ford Fireworks, Hob Nobble Gobble® presented by Ford Motor Company, Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot and America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van. Follow The Parade Company on Facebook and Twitter.

About M1-RAIL

M-1 RAIL is the non-profit organization leading the design, construction and future operation of a 3.3-mile (6.6 miles round-trip) modern streetcar along Woodward Avenue between Larned Street and West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan. An unprecedented public-private partnership and considered by many a model for similar efforts across the country, the M-1 RAIL streetcar project is the first major transit project led and funded by private businesses and philanthropic organizations, in partnership with local, state and federal governments. Visit www.M-1RAIL.com for more information.

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