DETROIT (CBS Detroit) An epic Thanksgiving weekend will kick off in metro Detroit Thursday with the annual Thanksgiving parade on Woodward Avenue, one of the top parades in the country and a Detroit tradition.
For the first time, Bobby and Stacey, the WOMC morning show will live broadcast the parade 10 a.m.-noon from the Compuware building.
They’ll provide play by play of the parade and interviews with lots of special guests including Santa! Beau Daniels will provide color commentary from the route and Jim “JJ” Johnson will be live on the WOMC float.
Piled in the car on your way to grandma’s house? Chopping onions and stale bread for the world’s best stuffing? Tune in to feel like you’re there.
The day will include eight new floats, and a star studded celebrity line up: U.S. Olympic athletes Allison Schmitt, Aly Raisman and April Ross, singer and songwriter Mike Posner, Motown singer Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas, the Broadway cast of Motown the Musical compliments of Broadway in Detroit, and more, will be there.
“America’s Thanksgiving Parade, presented by Art Van is one of the country’s largest and most spectacular Parades in the United States! Every November something magical happens on Detroit’s historic Woodward Avenue, a holiday tradition that dates back to 1924. This year, we are celebrating 90 Years Together full of sparkles and magic that have captured the imaginations of millions of children and their families,” the Parade Company said in a press release.
“Every year, hundreds of thousands of Parade spectators line historic Woodward Avenue Thanksgiving morning to watch the larger than life floats, colorful helium-filled balloons, thunderous marching bands, and exciting specialty acts!”
It will be led by parade co-grand marshals Judge Damon Keith and comedian Keegan-Michael Key.
Also joining this year as a signature piece of the parade is the Yankee Air Museum Rosie the Riveter Tribute Corps including two original riveters, Iva Davie and Laura Eglinsdoerfer.