Street closures, parking info

DETROIT – The parade will step off at 9 a.m. at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Kirby, adjacent to the Detroit Institute of Arts in Midtown, and end at Congress just south of Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit.

The Parade Company and M-1 RAIL are working together to ensure that the tradition of the parade route will be in place as it passes by some of Detroit's most notable landmarks including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Orchestra Hall, Comerica Park, the Fox Theatre and Campus Martius Park during its over three mile march along Woodward Avenue. 


Woodward Avenue will have one lane going northbound and one lane going southbound from Amsterdam to Kirby from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26.  This section of Woodward will be closed completely from Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. through Thursday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m.

Woodward Avenue from Amsterdam to Jefferson will be shut down beginning at 6 p.m. until the conclusion of the parade on Thursday, Nov. 27.

Emergency vehicles will be allowed to cross Woodward Avenue at Warren, Mack/Myrtle, Alexandrine, Montcalm and Adams. 

This year, the parade is being held in a construction zone as a result of the M-1 Rail. 

Along Woodward Avenue, there are three locations (called pinch points) where parade viewing will be restricted:

  • Woodward Avenue from Putnam to Warren (viewing only from east side of Woodward)
  • Woodward Avenue from Alexandrine to Watson (viewing only from west side of Woodward in certain locations)
  • Woodward Avenue from Winder to Montcalm (viewing from east side of Woodward only.  No viewing will be allowed on the I-75 overpass.)

The following streets will have limited access beginning at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 26:

  • Amsterdam/Piquette from Cass to John R
  • Harper from Cass to John R
  • Palmer from Cass to John R
  • Ferry from Cass to John R
  • Farnsworth/Putnam from Cass to John R


The following streets will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27:                  

  • Michigan at Cass
  • Fort Street from Trumbull to Woodward
  • Congress from Shelby to Randolph
  • Larned from Shelby to Randolph
  • Shelby from Congress to Michigan
  • Michigan from Cass to Woodward
  • Monroe from Woodward to Randolph
  • Lafayette Blvd. from Trumbull to Griswold
  • Washington Blvd. from Adams to Congress
  • Atwater from Civic Center Dr. to Third
  • Michigan Avenue and Washington Blvd. will reopen after the Turkey Trot at approximately 9:30 a.m.


Parents can find lost children at the Detroit Police Department First Precinct Planning Division, 20 Atwater or call 313-237-2828.

The Detroit Municipal Parking Department (MPD) recommends the following facilities for America's Thanksgiving Parade and the Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 27.


Ford Underground Garage

30 East Jefferson Avenue                                                     

5 a.m. - 6 p.m.                                  



Joe Louis Arena                                                       

900 W. Jefferson Avenue

4:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 



Millennium Garage                                             

423 W. Congress   

24 hours



In addition, the following facilities are recommended for the Detroit Lions game.

Grand Circus Park Garage                                  
1600-01 Woodward Avenue     

24 hours    



Premier Underground Garage                          

1206-08 Woodward Avenue

(Public Parking)                            
5 a.m. – 7 p.m.