It’s not only a tradition for my family or for my fellow Detroiters.
The Thanksgiving Day Parade along Woodward Avenue is a truly American tradition, well-known nationwide as one of the top holiday traditions, since 1924.
If you think about it, the fact that the whole nation has their eyes focused on Detroit on the one day every year that all Americans celebrate, give thanks and appreciate our freedom, that’s a pretty big deal. First, our parade marches down one of the nation’s oldest roads. Then, when men settle into their turkey-induced food comas and sit on the couch with beer in hand to watch football, who’s playing?
The Detroit Lions.
Detroit monopolizes the focus on what I see as the quintessential American holiday, Thanksgiving. We are connected with Americana.
At one time, Detroit was the richest city in the world. Investors call me all the time, wanting to buy apartment builds here, and I have to let them down easy.
Sorry. Detroit’s not like that. We don’t have skyscraping apartment buildings. Detroit invented the middle class; we have homes.
So I work toward inviting their investment into our single-family rental homes, duplexes and small, multi-family units. That’s the landscape of Detroit because we set the stage for middle class America.
As we stroll along Woodward Avenue, parading our thanks, the nation thanks us for paving the way, showing them how to create a truly American culture. This year marks the 92nd annual Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade.
It takes 1,500 volunteers to pull off this event. Known as America’s Thanksgiving Parade, the event includes more than 75 parade units, including floats, balloons and marching bands. In Detroit, we come together to make something meaningful. We lead the way. The nation is watching.