“America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Gardner-White,” a holiday tradition that originates from Downtown Detroit, will be a TV and online-only event this year on Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit.com.
Themed “We Are One Together,” this year’s parade will honor frontline workers and heroes of the COVID-19 crisis.
Statement from Tony Michaels, President and CEO of the Parade Company:
“America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Gardner White is a virtual, televised-only production. With our partner WDIV Local 4 we will deliver a beautiful broadcast to everyone in Detroit and across the country. The broadcast will be a different and meaningful show with no public access. The format continues to evolve in this unprecedented time. This tradition is part of our lives and the broadcast will reach millions in the safety of their homes.”
Thanksgiving Morning Lineup:
6 a.m. to 8 a.m. -- “Local 4 News Today: Special Thanksgiving Edition”
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. -- “America’s Thanksgiving Parade Preview with Live in the D.”
9 a.m. to Noon -- “America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Gardner-White”
- Morning coverage begins at 6 a.m. on WDIV-Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit.com with a special edition of Local 4 News Today hosted by Rhonda Walker, Evrod Cassimy and Brandon Roux.
- Then, at 8 a.m., Jason Carr and Tati Amare host “America’s Thanksgiving Parade Preview with Live in the D.”
- “America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Gardner-White” starts at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, including a one-hour syndicated national broadcast from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. reaching more 185 major cities across the country (check local TV listings).
THE ENTIRE BROADCAST CAN BE WATCHED WHEREVER YOU ARE -- LIVE STREAMED ON CLICKONDETROIT.COM -- ANYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD
Throughout the broadcast viewers can win special prizes while watching at home – a $3,000 gift card courtesy of Gardner-White and (4) 55″ Smart TVs courtesy of WDIV-Local 4 will be given away.
WHAT YOU’LL SEE:
The parade will include floats, performers, helium balloons and Santa. Viewers will see both recorded and live elements hosted by WDIV-Local 4′s Devin Scillian, Kimberly Gill, Rhonda Walker and Evrod Cassimy.
- Lin Rountree: Billboard topping soul/urban jazz trumpeter
- Paulina Jayne: Urban-Country/rock/soul singer and songwriter
- Angela Davis: Neo-Soul/jazz vocalist
- Mid American Pompon All Star Team: Michigan high school varsity performers
- Evrod Cassimy: R&B/pop singer/songwriter and Local 4 News Today anchor
BATTLE OF THE BANDS:
Viewers can vote for their favorite high school bands marching in the parade in the “Battle of the Bands” contest at ClickOnDetroit.com.