On Thanksgiving Day, thousands of Metro Detroiters will line the streets of historic Woodward Avenue for the 89th Annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade. The nation’s second oldest parade will kick off this year at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Kirby, where the worlds of history and culture meet in front of the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Detroit Public Library and the Detroit Historical Society.
Produced by The Parade Company, Clownie and all of his friends will make their way down the route beginning at 8:50 a.m., after thousands of runners and walkers earn their Thanksgiving Day meals by taking part in the Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot. This year’s parade will be led by Grand Marshall, Michigan’s own Tim Allen, star of ABC’s comedy “Last Man Standing”. Delighting children of all ages will be parade staples such as signature balloons Captain Underpants and Kermit alongside fan favorite floats, the Motown Museum and Connecting the World to Detroit. Other beloved acts participating for 2015 include the Distinguished Clown Corp, Detroit Public Schools All-City Marching Band and the Absopure Model T.
If you weren’t lucky enough to purchase parade grandstand tickets before they sold out, there are a number of venues along the route that will be hosting special events for parade lovers of all ages.
Fourteen East Café
This quaint café located inside of the Park Shelton at 15 E. Kirby, where the parade begins, will be serving their signature hot drinks along with a premium view of the parade. Fourteen East will be open from 7 a.m.– Noon. For more information on Fourteen East Café, please call (313) 871-0500 or visit www.14eastcafe.com.
First Congregational Church
Forget your hat or gloves as you rushed to find the perfect spot for parade watching? Don’t fear, the historic First Congregational has you covered with those warm winter items and more. Located at 33 E. Forest and Woodward, they will offer a quaint space to warm up, $10 dollar parking and some of the best hot chocolate and coffee around. For more information on First Congregational Church, please call (313) 831-4080.
Ecumenical Theological Seminary
Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS) located at 2930 Woodward, will be hosting their 14th Annual Pancake Breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. This all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet comes complete with a gourmet pancake bar, photos with Santa and live music. Attendees will also have the opportunity to get an early start on holiday shopping as there will be a holiday bazaar with vendors selling a variety of goods. They will also be accepting toy donations for the Coalition on Temporary Shelter. Tickets start at just $15 for children and $40 for adults. For more information, please call ETS at (313) 831-5200 or visit www.etseminary.edu.
St. Johns Church
St. John’s Church, located at 2630 Woodward Avenue, will be offering a pancake breakfast with a view for just $6 for adults and $4 for children. The church will also be selling hot chocolate and coffee for just $1 to help you keep warm as you celebrate the start to the holiday season. For more information, please call (313) 962-7358 or visit www.stjohnsdetroit.org.