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Gobble Up Detroit’s Thanksgiving Spirit

Posted on Monday, October 26 2015 in Events

Thanksgiving Parade
The countdown to turkey day is on. Time to start planning the menu, washing sheets for the in-laws and planning activities to make this Thanksgiving special. Thankfully, we’ve got your Detroit-themed food and fun covered.

The Entertainment

Detroit’s hottest ticket for the holiday is the same every year: America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. And while the weather varies greatly, the excitement and grandeur does not. The historical Woodward Avenue route represents a tradition dating back to 1924, and today it’s one of the largest parades in the country. Be sure to arrive early if you want a good view of the colorful floats, gigantic balloons and entertaining performances.

Keep an eye on theparade.org for visitor info. Alternatively, Detroiters can watch from the comfort of their couch on WDIV-TV Local 4. You’ll probably want to stay put to watch the Detroit Lions play in the annual televised game. This year they’ll take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Turkey Trot
The Turkey Trot and its other series of runs/walks will
help you burn off the calories you plan to take in later
in the day.
If you want to get your blood pumping before the floats are inflated, try signing up for the annual Turkey Trot 10K, Stuffing Strut 5K or kids’ Mashed Potato Mile — you’ll be all warmed up for whatever parade weather is in store. And if you’re going to do it, might as well give it your all and don a festive costume for the race. Costumes are highly encouraged and can even land you a prize.

The Food

Tradition is king on Thanksgiving — and that’s especially true when it comes to the main meal. While there’s not much wiggle room in most families’ menus, you can still change things up this year by opting to shop local. Eastern Market can lend a hand with most of your ingredient list: local butchers, fresh eggs, rare cheese and wines. Shop what's currently in season for an ultra-fresh Thanksgiving dinner (think pumpkins, apples and more).

For dessert, try pre-ordering a homemade pie or cake from Sweet Potato Sensations on Lahser.

Of course, if your dinner plans aren’t set in stone, plenty of Detroit’s best stay open on Thanksgiving for a no-stress option.

The Capital Grille at Somerset Collection in Troy is taking reservations now, as is Tria at The Henry, Autograph Collection in Dearborn. Earlier in the day, The Whitney hosts a Thanksgiving Parade Brunch that includes a champagne brunch, valet parking and reserved seating.

The Company

If your dinner guests plan to stay in town long after the last pie has been sliced, their best bet is to search for a hotel and book early. Whether they’re looking for chic and cozy or a simple roof over their head, there’s something for everyone.


What do you love most about Thanksgiving in Detroit?


By: Heidi Tiano