If you’re not into football, you may be interested in catching a parade this Thanksgiving. The good news is you have several to choose from. Whether you tune in with most Americans to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or prefer a bit of historical entertainment from Plymouth, you can find a good parade to watch this holiday season. The following are the five hottest Thanksgiving Day parades in the country.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, New York
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is quite possibly the hottest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country. Each year, millions of people flock to New York City to catch a piece of the action. Even more people tune in at home while they’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner or to get a break from football. Started as a store promotion, the parade has grown into a tradition for many families.
America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade in Plymouth, Massachusetts
Second only to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade is unique in that it begins with reenactments of the 17th century and continues up to the 21st century. It’s a great way to learn of the country’s heritage and history. However, it is also a parade that is often criticized by Native Americans who shun the celebration of what led to millions of Natives being slaughtered.
6ABC IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Originally known as the Gimbel’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 6ABC IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade wows goers with dance teams, giant balloons, floats, celebrities, and of course Santa Claus. The parade dates back to 1920 and is a must for anyone living in the Philly area.
America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit, Michigan
Michigan has gone through many hard times, but one thing that still continues to bring joy to the residents of Detroit is America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Dating back to 1924, the parade has much of what you would expect from a Thanksgiving Day parade. There are floats, clowns, an appearance from Santa Claus, and marching bands. Guests should get there before the parade begins to enjoy preshow musical entertainment.
McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, Illinois
Last, but not least, the Windy City is also home to one of the hottest Thanksgiving Day parades in the country. The parade got it’s start during the heart of the Great Depression, but continues to wow parade goers. With appearances from Ronald McDonald and Santa Claus the parade is a must for families.
Skip the football this year and instead tune in for some of the biggest parades in the country. Whether you’re a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade fan or prefer to watch the festivities taking place in Chicago, you’re bound to enjoy the entertainment as you ready the day’s feast.
About the Author: Fidel Hutnak and his family love to travel and enjoy watching the Mummers and various holiday parades. Their next big trip will be in a few years when their youngest is old enough for her first luxury African safari!