America's Thanksgiving Parade to be a live televised-only production in downtown Detroit

Posted at 4:34 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 17:23:52-04

DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) — This year's America's Thanksgiving Parade, presented by Gardner-White, will be a live televised-only production in downtown Detroit.

Due to the pandemic, the Parade Company decided to take a different, but creative approach, in order to continue the 94-year tradition.

“We have an extraordinary passion in bringing America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by GardnerWhite to our community and believe this is an opportunity to show the country how our remarkable city and people have come together to make this beloved tradition happen,” said Tony Michaels, president and CEO of The Parade Company. “Our team has reviewed every aspect with the city of Detroit and the Detroit Police Department to ensure a safe environment. This is truly Detroit’s greatest tradition.”

This year's theme is We Are One Together to honor frontline workers and heroes, a statement from the Parade Company said.

In addition to the annual parade, these signature events will also take place:

• The 38th Annual Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot will take place as a virtual race
this year and will not take place downtown. Registration is now open at – runners have the option of the 10K and 5K S3 Turkey Trot and Blue
Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Mashed Potato Mile. The Parade Company’s goal is to make this
the largest virtual race in the state. The event benefits the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade

• Hob Nobble Gobble presented by Ford Motor Company is postponed for 2020 and will
return to Ford Field on November 19, 2021. This is The Parade Company’s largest fundraiser of
the year.

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