“Other” Thanksgiving Day Parades

Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has become a holiday tradition for people around the world. It takes place in Manhattan and thousands are in attendance. It’s what most think of when you mention the Thanksgiving parade. But did you know the Macy’s parade isn’t the only one that takes place that day? There are several Thanksgiving parades taking place around the United States and I plan on focusing on four of them. It makes me think though because I’m from New York and never have seen any other Thanksgiving parades on television. Is the Macy’s parade and the other parades aired at the same time in their own respective cities? And if so, what’s the point? Obviously the Macy’s parade is the most popular so it will be the most flashy. So do others watch the other parades out of regional loyalty? Are people like, “screw New York. I’m gonna watch my home town’s parade.” Or even worse, do the cities who have their own parade keep the Macy’s parade off their local network channels in order to focus the local’s attention on their own parade? I can’t answer these questions but if anyone knows the answers, leave a comment below.

The 6abc Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, PA

This year, their parade will host guests like All-4-One, the 90’s R&B group, an actress from General Hospital, Miss America, and a football player from the Eagles among others. Now, these smaller parades will not bring out the major celebrities like Macy’s and one has to keep that in mind when viewing these parades. The good thing about not having major celebrities is that the parade will have more floats to make up for it. Having Mickey Mouse in the full official costume is always a crowd pleaser.

McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, IL

Now who can’t get behind a parade sponsored by the Big Mac and Ronald McDonald? This is a popular parade in the midwest and watching clips of it somewhat reminds me of the Macy’s parade. The guests are Ronald McDonald (of course), The Harlem Globetrotters, Santa and his wife, and CM Punk. I dunno, maybe CM Punk will wrestle Ronald for grand marshal. I have to give them props though because they have balloons like Mighty Mouse, Tom & Jerry, and Woody Woodpecker. School some kids on awesome throwback cartoons.

The above clip features the world famous Kilgore College Rangerettes. I’m guessing that it’s a Texas version of the Rockettes. Also, I know that whenever I hear the term “world famous” used for a group, it’s a safe bet that I’ve never heard of them.

America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, MI

I have to give it to this parade because it is looong. They have 3,000 clowns, 300 big head characters, tons of floats, and a bonus is that the following Saturday, you can get up close and personal with the floats. I don’t think you can do that with the Macy’s floats and I don’t think you would want to considering the population of NYC and Jersey. I mentioned last year that I went to the Macy’s balloon inflating the day before Thanksgiving and what ruined it was the insane amount of people that was there. I think the crowds would be significantly smaller in Detroit.

The Houston Holiday Parade in Houston, TX

Yes, this parade has floats, marching bands, and balloons, but their celebrities are lacking; probably the most from the parades I’ve covered. However, this parade has more of the local communities marching and it almost seems more like a party than a parade. You know you’re gonna have a good time when the parade starts off with cheerleaders dancing to a mix of classic Michael Jackson songs and then another group of cheerleaders dance to LMFAO. It truly feels like a celebration. If I lived there, I would go to the Houston parade every year and catch the Macy’s parade on DVR later.

Of course these parades will not be on par as the Macy’s parade, but I think they certainly hold their own. I know that I plan on visiting these parades eventually. It certainly would make an awesome road trip as well.



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6 Responses to ““Other” Thanksgiving Day Parades”

  1. Hoverbored Says:

    I’ve seen the McDonald’s Parade on our local ABC station the last couple of years. I haven’t seen the Macy’s Parade in years because I never wake up in time, even for the repeats.

    To be honest, the parades never held me. I remember watching a Rocky and Bullwinkle marathon one year and they even aired a Taco Bell commercial featuring the two. Another year we watched the premiere of the Batman animated Xmas special right after dinner. This year we’ll be watching Antenna TV, where they’ll air the “Turkeys Away” episode of WKRP in Cincinnati four times in a row.

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