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Guide to 2019 Thanksgiving Parade In Detroit

The 93rd annual America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Downtown Detroit kicks off at the corner of Putnam + Woodward @ 8:45 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019. Here are the details you need to know to catch all of the action. 


Iconic floats old (and new) will travel down Woodward Avenue with marching bands, entertainers and celebrity guests, including America’s Got Talent sensations, the Detroit Youth Choir as the Grand Marshals. Find your spot along the 2.3 mile route and watch the show. There is plenty of accessible seating but if you want to save a spot, Grandstand Tickets are for sale from The Parade Company you can also enter to win tickets for your family below!


LITTLEGUIDE TIP: As you decide where to stand/sit, understand where you are in relation to the start of the Parade – as that will determine when the Parade will actually start to pass you by. The Parade starts in Midtown at 8:45am, however, it doesn’t reach the TV Zone (just before Campus Martius) until 10am. So if you are by Campus Martius at 8:45am, you’re going to have some anxious kids by the time they actually see a float. Now…the counter to that is the earlier you arrive, the better the seats…so just be aware and plan accordingly!


Want more parade details? Check out The Parade Company’s website here for information about road closures, parking and other important details.


Where to Watch  //  Where to Park

You can watch the parade anywhere on Woodward between Kirby and Congress. Here are some easy addresses to plug into the GPS. There will be heavy traffic and road closures, to find a great place to park click here.

Detroit Institute of Arts // 5200 Woodward Ave

Detroit Public Library // 5201 Woodward Ave

Detroit Symphony Orchestra // 3711 Woodward Ave

MSU Detroit Center // 3408 Woodward Ave

Little Caesar Arena // 2645 Woodward Ave

Comerica Park //  2100 Woodward Ave

Grand Circus Park // 23 E Adams Ave

Premier Underground Parking // 1206 Woodward Ave

Campus Martius // 1 Campus Martius


Where to Warm Up

Warm up before or after the parade with breakfast at one of these favorites.

Hockeytown Cafe //2301 Woodward Ave // 8am to 12pm

The Whitney //4421 Woodward Ave // 7am to 9am

New Order Coffee // 3100 Woodward // 6am to 1pm

District Market // 2645 Woodward Avenue // 6am to 12pm

The Hudson Cafe // 1241 Woodward Ave // 7am to 12pm

Avalon Bakery //1049 Woodward Ave // 6am to 1pm

Starbucks // 777 Woodward Ave & 2211 Woodward Ave Suite A // 6am to 9pm

Grand Trunk Pub // 612 Woodward Ave // 8am to 2pm

Townhouse // 500 Woodward Ave // 8am to 2pm


Need to man the turkey, don’t like braving the cold?

Turn on WDIV Local 4 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and watch on tv!



About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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