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It’s very nearly Thanksgiving, and along with overeating and watching football, that means the annual arrival of a slew of nationally broadcast holiday parades, in all their highly colored, overlong and lip-syncing glory.
Check out your options below.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Tied for America’s second-oldest Turkey Day parade (1924), New York City’s extravaganza is certainly the most famous of them all, due in part to the shameless plug that is “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947). The parade route avoids Broadway this year, snaking along Central Park West and South before heading for Times Square.
America’s Thanksgiving Parade
With the auspicious distinction of having no corporate sponsorships, Detroit’s annual salute to Thanksgiving also began in 1924. Instead of depending on large conglomerates, this tradition is overseen by The Parade Group, a local, nonprofit organization.
6abc IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade
Blatantly slapping on the brand logos of IKEA, ACME stores, Hess, Dodge, Sony, Campbell’s, Frito Lay and Mount Airy Casino and Resort on floats and official literature, this parade wins the award for corporate sponsorships. Philadelphia’s parade also boasts the title of oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the nation, dating back to 1920. The parade, this year, runs from the corner of 20th and JFK to Eakins Oval.
McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade
This celebration helps to bring the Thanksgiving spirit to the Windy City. Running through a slew of titular sponsors in its 75-year history — among them Brach’s Confections, Marshall Field’s and the Target Corporation — this will be the parade’s fourth consecutive year under the fast-food yoke.