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Detroit Thanksgiving: Parades, Football & Giving Back

Posted on Monday, November 07 2016 in Events

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Thanksgiving is upon us in the Motor City, and with it, a host of Detroit holiday traditions. Here's how we celebrate Thanksgiving in The D.

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Lions. 

Strut Your Stuff
More than 20,000 runners from across the country will start their morning sprinting through the streets of downtown at the annual Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot, the nation's largest Thanksgiving morning run, with both a 5K and 10K. It's a great way to burn off some calories before sitting down to your Thanksgiving feast. Online registration is available through Nov. 21.

I Love a Parade
2016 marks the 90-year anniversary of America's Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van. The Co-Grand Marshals this year are comedian and hometown Detroiter Keegan-Michael Key and Judge Damon Keith. Balloons, floats and bands march down Detroit's Woodward Avenue starting at 9:05 a.m. For those watching from home, the parade will be broadcast LIVE on WDIV Local 4 and WJR 760 AM.

Football Traditions
Watching the Detroit Lions game is as much a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey and pumpkin pie. The Lions verse the Minnesota Vikings at 12:30 p.m. at Ford Field. The game will be broadcast nationally on FOX.

More excitement follows on Friday and Saturday when the MHSAA (Michigan High School Athletic Association) hosts the state football championship games at Ford Field. Games begin on Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. with the last kick off on Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. For a full schedule, visit the MHSAA website.

Black Friday
Day-after-Thanksgiving deals and steals abound throughout metro Detroit. Check visitdetroit.com for listings of popular retailers.

Giving Back
Keep the holiday spirit rolling and check out the Festival of Trees, a benefit for the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation, in Dearborn Nov. 20-27. Professionally designed holiday trees, tabletop trees, wreaths and other items are on display and sold to raise funds for pediatric research.

By: Michelle Fusco 

Photo credit: The Parade Company