Watch Local 4's parade coverage Thanksgiving morning - Also live streamed on ClickOnDetroit.com
Entire broadcast live streamed on ClickOnDetroit.com
WDIV-TV Local 4 is the official television station of “America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.” The annual live broadcast from Woodward Avenue is hosted by Local 4’s Devin Scillian, Carmen Harlan, Rhonda Walker, Evrod Cassimy, Ben Bailey, and Chuck Gaidica, and begins at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. The national broadcast, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., reaches more than 140 major cities across the country with a syndicated national potential reach of 65 million households.
“For generations, watching the parade on Thanksgiving morning has been a tradition for millions of Detroiters. As the Big Event Station, it’s gratifying to continue to bring this special celebration, showcasing the best of our city, into the homes of so many families to kick off the holiday season,” said Vice President and General Manager Marla Drutz.
“Local 4 News Today: Special Thanksgiving Edition” coverage begins at 6 a.m. followed at 8 a.m. with “Parade Preview” coverage live from the parade route. Rhonda Walker, Evrod Cassimy, Brandon Roux, Nick Monacelli, Kim DeGiulio, and Chuck Gaidica take viewers behind-the-scenes for an up-close view of all the excitement going on Thanksgiving morning. Plus, the latest weather forecasts for parade day and up-to-the-minute traffic and parking updates so those headed downtown can avoid delays, road closures and construction.
Celebrities appearing in “America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van” include this year’s Co-Grand Marshals comedian and Emmy award winner Keegan-Michael Key and Judge Damon Keith, joined by U.S. Olympic athletes Allison Schmitt, Aly Raisman and April Ross, singer and songwriter Mike Posner, Motown singer Martha Reeves, and the Broadway cast of Motown the Musical, compliments of Broadway in Detroit.
Also appearing is Detroit soul/pop singer Jessica Hernandez of Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas; Julianne Ankley, winner of the 2016 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Songwriter; local teen singer/performer Caleb Carroll; and the Mid American All Star Pompon team performing a song from NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” - “You Can’t Stop the Beat.”
Detroit’s favorite mascots PAWS, Roary and Hooper will be among the crowd, and as always, Santa Claus.
Throughout “America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van” broadcast on Local 4 and livestreamed on ClickOnDetroit.com, viewers can win special prizes while watching at home. On ClickOnDetroit they can also vote for their favorite high school bands marching at the parade in our “Battle of the Bands” contest, as well as vote for the “Best Choreography around a Float.”
On Local 4’s Facebook page, viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the parade, in addition to getting important parade information, photos from the route and big giveaways. Local 4’s news and parade coverage will be live streamed on ClickOnDetroit.com from 6 a.m. to Noon Thanksgiving day so viewers can watch from wherever they are -- anywhere around the world.
“America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van” is created and produced by The Parade Company.
Thanksgiving Morning Lineup
6 a.m. to 8 a.m. “Local 4 News Today: Special Thanksgiving Edition”
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. “Local 4 News Today: Parade Preview”
9 a.m. to Noon “America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van”