What is the Big Head Corps?

Published On: Nov 07 2012 01:15:16 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 07 2012 11:20:59 AM EST

America’s Thanksgiving Parade®, produced by The Parade Company, has become a unique and eagerly awaited holiday tradition...uniting families and individuals throughout our community and the nation in a celebration of spirit and storybook wonder.


One of The Parade Company’s grandest attractions is our world renown papier-mâché head collection. These colorful artifacts were originally acquired from artists in Viareggio, Italy with some dating back to the 1940s.  The ever expanding collection of nearly 300 heads are restored by the seasoned artists at The Parade Company that have been trained by the talented artisans from Viareggio. These cherished parade characters can be seen throughout the year on display in the studio and along the parade route.


This year will mark the 5th year the Big Head Corps makes it’s march down Woodward Avenue.  This year also plans to be even bigger and better with many exciting new activities planned throughout the year for our members. 2012 “Head Honcho” Ryan Messacaris confident in making an even bigger impact in the community this year. This group of enthusiastic young professionals will put on their heads Thanksgiving morning and march down Woodward Avenue, all in hopes of bringing smiles to people's faces and shedding light on one of Detroit’s hidden treasures. For more information, please contact Valerie Richards at vrichards@theparade.org or (313) 923-7403