2012 Distinguished Clown Corps

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DETROIT - You only have to look at the faces of the children to know when the clowns are coming down the street. The magic of America's Thanksgiving Parade® has been enhanced for more than two decades by the Distinguished Clown Corps. This is a group of corporate and community leaders who generously contribute for the opportunity to trade their business suits for clown suits to make the grand march down Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit.

It all began with business leaders such as Tom Adams, then chief of Campbell-Ewald, and Walter McCarthy, then chief of Detroit Edison, who served as the spark in creating a way for the leadership to become personally involved in helping The Parade Company.

Over 2,000 clowns have touched the memories of millions as they make their annual appearance.  Passing out candy, smiles, and of course… beads.  The Distinguished Clown Corps, supported by the Junior Jesters, is a vital part of the grass roots tradition of America's Thanksgiving Parade®.  A heritage that is working hard to grow its ranks even further.

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