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Detroit’s 88th Annual America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature some new floats, but it won’t be changing its route. The parade will travel the traditional 2.5 mile route down Woodward Avenue between Kirby Street in Midtown and Congress Street in Downtown on Nov. 27 despite the M-1 Rail construction along Woodward Avenue, Tony Michaels, president and CEO of The Parade Company, said Monday.
“It’s going to be great,” Michaels said. There will only be three spots along the parade route, which Michaels called “pinch points” where there will not be spots for spectators due to the construction. According to Michaels, 95% of the route will still be visible to spectators, and the construction cones along Woodward Avenue will be removed for the parade. He said there will be more information on the slight changes to viewing areas soon.
In September, officials in charge of the M-1 Rail construction on Woodward and The Parade Company said in a press release that they were working “to ensure that the tradition of the parade route will be in place as it passes by some of Detroit’s most notable landmarks.” “We applaud the progress of the M-1 RAIL and appreciate the tremendous amount of work required for a project of this magnitude,” Michaels said in the statement. “We have created a plan to work together during construction and beyond.”
The Parade Company also announced in September that Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White will serve as co-grand marshals. Both Davis, 27, and White, 26, were born in Royal Oak. Also, Detroit rapper Big Sean joins the team of celebrities appearing in America's Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van, which rolls down Woodward at 8:50 a.m. Nov. 27. He will be part of the festivities along with Vanilla Ice, as well as HGTV personalities Hilary Farr and Lake Orion native Nicole Curtis.
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. Nov. 27 and last for approximately two hours. WDIV-TV Local 4 will broadcast the event, which will include a one-hour national broadcast to more than 140 major cities across the country. News/Talk 760 WJR will also broadcast live from the parade route. Attendance is free to the public, although a limited amount of grandstand tickets are now available for purchase starting at $40.
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