America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Turkey Trot in Detroit

The 97th annual holiday procession returns on Nov. 23, 2023. Get details on the big event and the accompanying Turkey Trot.
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America's Thanksgiving Parade // Photograph courtesy of The Parade Co.

Turkey Day is right around the corner, and so is Detroit’s favorite Thanksgiving tradition, America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This 97th annual event, which is presented by Gardner White, hits the streets of Detroit on Nov. 23, 2023, with area marching bands, floats, big heads, clowns, and more.

The day kicks off with the Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot at 7:30 a.m. Racers can pick from three races: the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Mashed Potato Mile, Stuffing Strut 5K, and the Strategic Staffing Solutions 10K Turkey Trot. They may also double-up on races if they choose.

Registration is open through Nov. 22, 2023, and runs $35-$75, depending on the race. Racers are encouraged to wear their favorite holiday garb. All runners and walkers will receive an official race shirt and medal.

The parade steps off at 8:45 a.m. at Kirby and Woodward and makes its way three miles down Woodward Ave. to Congress. This year’s theme is “A Heart of History.”

Among the line-up this year are marching bands from area high schools, giant balloons like fan-favorites Captain Underpants and Kermit the Frog, clowns, big heads, floats from area businesses, and of course, Santa Claus.

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, presented by Gardner White, airs live on WDIV – Local 4. from 9 a.m. to noon. 104.3 WOMC will also narrate the event. A full list of stations covering this year’s parade will be available the week of Nov. 20.

You may also watch in-person along the parade’s route. Limited seating is available, get there early to get a good spot. The parade is free to watch, but fees apply for reserved seating in the grandstands.

For more information on America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Turkey Trot in Detroit, visit the This post has been updated for 2023.