From the vault: America's Thanksgiving Parade over the years

By John Steckroth - Editor
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Carmen Harlan and Mort Crim during the 1993 Thanksgiving parade in Detroit.

The holiday season begins for most Michiganders when Santa Claus steps from the last float in the parade and accepts the key to the city.

The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade began marching down Woodward Avenue in 1924 and Santa has never missed one yet.

Now known as America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van, the parade was originally founded by J.L. Hudson’s downtown Detroit’s legendary department store. It was the same year that Macy’s began its parade in New York City.

The first year featured horses pulling a float decorated with Mother Goose, four papier-mache heads and seven marching bands.

The first televised parade was in 1948 and today it is broadcast nationally to more than 100 million viewers. You can watch America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van on Local 4 and livestreamed on ClickonDetroit.com (watch here).

1990 Thanksgiving Parade

 

1992 Thanksgiving Parade

 

1993 Thanksgiving Parade

 

1994 Thanksgiving Parade

 

1995 Thanksgiving Parade

 

1996 Thanksgiving Parade

 

1997 Thanksgiving Parade

 

1998 Thanksgiving Parade

 

1999 Thanksgiving Parade

 

2000 Thanksgiving Parade

 

2002 Thanksgiving Parade

 

2003 Thanksgiving Parade

 

2004 Thanksgiving Parade

 

2005 Thanksgiving Parade

 

2006 Thanksgiving Parade

 

2007 Thanksgiving Parade

 

 

2008 Thanksgiving Parade

 

2009 Thanksgiving Parade

 

2010 Thanksgiving Parade

 

2011 Thanksgiving Parade

 

2012 Thanksgiving Parade

 

2013 Thanksgiving Parade

 

2014 Thanksgiving Parade

 

2015 Thanksgiving Parade

 

2016 Thanksgiving Parade

 

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