I hope you had a most joyous holiday with family, friends, and loved ones. Today I am sharing a few photos of the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade 2016 (officially known as America’s Thanksgiving Parade Presented by Art Van. Hopefully, our Detroit Thanksgiving Parade tips can help you with planning your visit this year.
Remember last week when I posted a blog post about touring The Parade Company to get a behind the scenes tour of the Thanksgiving Parade? You can check it out here if you missed it.
Travis and I attended the parade as a day-date and we had such a good time! It was a little too cold out for our little ones and everyone else didn’t want to get up so early. 🙂 So we turned it into a day-date. It was really nice spending the morning with Travis. We haven’t had a morning date in a while.
My family flew into Detroit to visit us for my 36th birthday and Thanksgiving week. It was so good to see my mom, sister, and nephew. I really wish they lived closer so we could spend more time together. I’ll post a blog post later this week with photographs of when I took them to Eastern Market (my favorite spot) to check out the murals and Supino Pizzeria.
Finding Parking at the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade (2016)
Since it was our first time attending the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t sure if the crowd was going be really big or if the traffic was going to be really bad.
Someone told me to plan to arrive early in the downtown area so we could find good parking and a place to sit for the parade. We planned to leave between 6:30 – 7:00 a.m., but we overslept a little. We ended up leaving around 7:30 a.m.
To our surprise, the time we left was actually pretty good. We didn’t take the interstate into the city. Instead, we used a “back way” and stayed on the main streets which bypassed the highway. I think this probably helped us with avoiding any traffic and running into the closed streets in the city.
High Parking Rates
As we drove into the city, I noticed a few lots offering parking spaces for a high price. Some wanted as much as $50!
Luckily, Travis and I decided to park at the Cobo Center and take the People Mover to Campus Martius. We didn’t mind walking a little bit in the city. We loved looking at the city architecture and taking photographs of city life.
It turned out parking at Cobo Center was a great decision because not only was there not any traffic, but we only paid $10 to park!
Checking Out the Turkey Trot Before the Parade
Travis and I got on the People Mover and as we neared the first stop for the Financial District, we noticed people dressed up in costumes and in running gear. I had forgotten all about the Turkey Trot!
As soon as the People Mover announced the first stop, I grabbed Travis’ hand and said, “C’mon! Let’s go!” I wanted to see some of the race and snap a few shots of the runners.
We watched the runners for about 30 minutes and then we headed over to Campus Martius to check out the crowd for the parade. People were starting to find places to sit and set up their chairs and blankets.
Starbucks was very crowded! The line was almost out the door. Other stores and a church were selling hot chocolate and donuts. Some restaurants like the Hudson Cafe were open for half of the day and offered breakfast for folks attending the parade.
Even Moosejaw, an outdoor recreation, clothing, and gear store, was offering adults holiday treats— free Bloody Mary’s! I thought about getting one but decided it was a little too early for my taste. Travis and I still thought it was a cool idea and pretty funny. (P.S. We love Moosejaw’s catalogs because their captions and product descriptions are always so funny.)
Update: It was a good thing I didn’t get a Bloody Mary because two weeks later I found out I was pregnant!
A few things I missed…
I wish I would have been in a better spot to take a better photo of Mike Posner. Oh, and Mike’s hair was super green. I don’t know why, though.
I didn’t get to see Keegan Michael-Key from the comedic duo “Key and Peele”. Key was the co-Grand Marshal for the parade. I’m not sure what his position was in the parade, I had wanted to get a picture of him.
And the last thing I missed? I wish we would have arrived early so we could have had breakfast at the Hudson Cafe or another restaurant in Downtown Detroit. But it’s okay because Travis and I ended up having brunch at Louie’s Lounge after the parade ended. The food was delicious!
Overall, the parade was amazing. Travis and I loved every minute of it. We said we will definitely go to the Thanksgiving parade next year. I think we found a new Thanksgiving tradition! 🙂
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All photographs are courtesy of Jennifer Hamra for Good Life Detroit.