Who's at America's Thanksgiving Parade 2017 in Detroit?

Celebrity guests add their talents to the parade.

Big Sean
Big Sean

America's Thanksgiving Parade is always a spectacle, and for 2017 the celebrities are joining in on the fun.This year’s lineup includes: Nashville recording artist and Michigan native

Frankie Ballard, Emmy award-winning producer and drummer Karriem Riggins, star of Disney Channel’s “K.C. Undercover” Trinitee Stokes and two-time Olympian Johnny Weir. Liam Fennecken of the Tony-nominated Broadway Musical, “School of Rock” will kick-off the live WDIV broadcast with a special performance, compliments of Broadway in Detroit.



2017 Grand Marshals

Big Sean – Detroit Native and Grammy-nominated musician and songwriter. A supporter of the Detroit community, Big Sean is recognized as the youngest recipient of the “Key to the City” presented by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

Carmen Harlan – Former WDIV – Local 4 news anchor who served the station for 38 years. Beloved by the community, Harlan hosted many events including The America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van and the Ford Fireworks.


Parade Celebrities

Frankie Ballard – American country rocker, singer-songwriter and guitarist from Battle Creek, Michigan. He’s had three Billboard #1 Country Radio singles, including “Young and Crazy” and “Sunshine and Whiskey.”

Karriem Riggins – Detroit native and Emmy Award-winning producer and drummer. As a musician and producer, Karriem has worked with artists including Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Common among others.

Trinitee Stokes – Star of Disney Channel’s “K.C. Undercover” as well as a singer and fashion designer.

Johnny Weir – Three-time U.S. champion, two-time Olympian and World medalist.  Weir was recently named one of NBC Sports Groups new lead figure skating broadcast team members for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Liam Fennecken from the Tony-nominated Broadway production of “School of Rock” – The Broadway actor will kick-off the Parade with the song “When I Climb to the Top of Mount Rock.”

Yankee Air Museum Rosie the Riveter Tribute Corps – Two original riveters, Clara Doutly & Phyllis Roullier, both born and raised in Detroit, will join this group of women representing Rosie the Riveter, the World War II American poster icon.

Detroit’s Favorite Sports Mascots – Detroit’s favorite mascots including Hooper, Roary and PAWS will be riding on WOMC 104.3’s float, “Detroit Rocks.”

Santa Claus – Santa’s grand arrival in his hand-crafted sleigh is at the end of America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.