Detroit Thanksgiving Parade

The Parade Company / via city of Detroit

Things might be a little tighter than usual at Detroit’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade this year.

The parade will take its usual route down Woodward Avenue. But there will be several “pinch points” due to ongoing construction for the M-1 rail project.

City spokesman John Roach says that means parade-watching will be restricted in some areas.

Stateside: Detroit's historic parade of thanks

Nov 21, 2012
Tony Spina / Wayne State University

On a glinting Thanksgiving morning with sidewalks stuffed with families, the Detroit Parade floats by in a procession of color and sound.

You know the day- the pre-feast anticipation and relief of a  long weekend- these are among the things combining to make the morning special.

For Detroit, America's Thanksgiving Parade has a long tradition of brilliantly beginning the weekend.

Today we spoke with Romie Minor. He is a librarian and archivist at the Detroit Public Library. He wrote a book about the  Detroit's parade called Detroit's Thanksgiving Day Parade, co-authored with his wife Laurie Ann Tamborino.

According to Minor, the parade has existed in various forms since 1924.

Although it faced financial collapse at several points throughout its existence, the parade continues to thrive today.

While many of the floats' themes have evolved over the years, the gleeful expressions of children continue to remain consistent.

“When I look at the photos over the years, you see that look of awe on all the children’s faces. It doesn’t matter which decade, the face expression remains the same and it’s just great. It will be that way tomorrow,” said Minor.

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It’s Thanksgiving Day, and that means it’s time for a parade in downtown Detroit.

As the annual  parade proceeded into the heart of downtown this Thanksgiving, newspaper headlines reminded people that the city stands of the verge of bankruptcy.

But, there are also bright spots. The city's downtown is showing signs of revitalization. And the parade itself is a reminder of many grand traditions in Detroit's history.

The parade is a family tradition for man, including cousins McKenzie Holly and Mariah Bursey.