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Houston Continues The Tradition With A Spectacular Thanksgiving Day Parade

This year there will be 15 floats, 14 high flying balloons, eight marching bands and some new features for the event.

Same as in past editions, this year’s Thanksgiving Day parade will have a spectacular display of floats and high flying balloons.
Same as in past editions, this year’s Thanksgiving Day parade will have a spectacular display of floats and high flying balloons.

The final preparations are under way for the 2016 Thanksgiving Day Parade in Houston.

Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles and Simone Manuel will be the grand marshalls this year.

The event will have several themes, including celebrating family values and Houston’s diversity.

Being one of the largest Thanksgiving Day parades in the United States, the parade is always a spectacular display of different elements and this year will be no exception.

“We have 15 floats, 14 high flying balloons, eight bands and a number of other units that will both surprise and wild you. So, be sure bring the entire family down, everybody is welcome,” says Susan Christian, director of special events for the City of Houston.

About 600 volunteers from all across Houston, and even other parts of Texas, will help in the parade.

Their work covers many areas, including carrying the banners and handling the giant balloons.

Cheri Hinkle, director of volunteers for the event, explains one of the main challenges they face each year is the timeframe they have to work with.

“My volunteers have to arrive at 6:00 a.m., which is really early. We start out in the dark and getting everybody to their position ready to go when the parade starts rolling at 8:40 is a tremendous task,” Hinkle notes.

This year’s parade will also start a new tradition as part of the celebration, which is the Mayor’s Citywide Sing Along and the song the City has chosen is “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”

The parade starts at 9:00 a.m. at the intersection of Smith and Lamar, in downtown Houston.

Have a look at the Google map below to see the parade’s tour:

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