Thanksgiving is a day when family’s all across the country get together and give thanks for God’s blessings and the divine providence that has made America the greatest country in the whole world.
But in some places, the celebrations are HUGE affairs — blowout parades that take millions of dollars and thousands of dollars. And some do it just a little better than others.
Here are The Horn News’ five favorite Thanksgiving Day celebration across the country —
1. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
2016 marks the 90th anniversary of the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.
It begins at 9 a.m. EST on Thanksgiving Day, and wraps up around noon. Expected performers include Kelsea Ballerini, Daya, The Muppets, America’s Got Talent winner Grace Vanderwaal, Regina Spektor and Sarah McLachlan.
The parade will feature all of the beloved balloons, like Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Paddington Bear, along with some new additions. This year will feature the DreamWorks Trolls, a new version of Charlie Brown, Trixie the Dog and Felix the Cat.
If you can’t make it New York, you can watch the spectacular parade on NBC. It will feature 12 marching bands, more than a dozen balloons, almost 30 floats, 1,500 dancers and 8,000 participants overall.
2. Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade
This parade in Philadelphia begins at 8:30 EST and is America’s original Thanksgiving Day Parade.
In its 97th year, the parade will feature an array of floats including a pirate ship, a special tribute to liberty, Tweety Bird, Olivia the pig, the Tazmanian Devil, Curious George and more! This year’s featured musical guests are Drew Lachey from 98 Degrees and R&B singer Estelle.
3. McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade
Taking place in Chicago, McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 8 a.m. CST. It originated in 1934 to lift the spirits of Chicago residents struggling through the Great Depression.
Now 82 years later, the parade has grown into a spectacular celebration of everything we have to be thankful for. There are a number of honored guests at the parade. Matt Walsh from HBO’s “Veep,” will act as the grand marshal, with performance from country music star Craig Campbell, America’s Got Talent’s Laura Bretan and Musicality.
4. America’s Thanksgiving Parade
Taking place in Detroit, this parade is also celebrating its 90th birthday, and will begin at 8:50 a.m. CST. This year’s grand marshals are Federal Judge Damon Keith and comedian Keegan-Michael Key.
Other celebrity appearances include women’s US soccer stars Ali Krieger and Crystal Dunn, former Detroit Tiger Willie Horton, Run-D.M.C founder Darryl McDaniels and of course, Santa Claus! The incredible parade lasts for two hours and is a free event, with the exception of Grand Stand seats available starting at $35.
5. H-E-B Holiday Parade
This annual parade in Houston is in its 67th year and takes place at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving morning and draws about a 400,000 spectator crowd.
This year’s grand marshals are Olympic gold medal winning athletes Simone Biles and Simone Manuel. The parade consists of marching bands, cheerleaders, floats and even acrobats all processing through downtown Houston. It will be broadcast live throughout the Houston area.
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Happy Thanksgiving from The Horn News!