Houston 2013 Thanksgiving Day Parade – New Parade Route
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 9 a.m.
Scroll down for a MAP of the NEW 2013 Thanksgiving Day Parade Route
On Thanksgiving morning, Houstonians from different generations are expected to descend upon downtown to witness together a delightful holiday tradition â€“ the 64th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Kids can marvel at ten humongous, high-flying balloons inlcuding a 50-foot Toy Soldier, a 50-foot Cold Air Dinosaur, a 40-foot Bob the Builder and two 30-foot Elves. Families can also enjoy entertainment provided by four marching bands and artists on fourteen floats.
Look out for Houston’s own Tommy Tune â€“ the legendary actor, director and choreographer who is the 2013 Grand Marshal. And of course, watch out for Santa Claus who is taking a break from toy-making at the North Pole to join Tom Turkey for the celebration!
Mayor Annise D. Parker tells ParentsPost, “The Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual tradition that helps kick off the holiday season in Houston. Many Houstonians have grown up attending the parade annually. Now as parents, they bring their children every year. Whether your favorite part is the balloons or the floats and bands or Santa, this is a free and fun event to enjoy before sitting down with loved ones to give thanks for the many blessings that grace our lives.”
The holiday parade is under new management by the Houston Mayor’s Office of Special Events. The city says bleacher and specialty seating will not be available but there will be plenty of curbside space along the new parade route for lawn chairs and blankets. Food trucks will also offer refreshments for purchase throughout the route. Easy access parking is available throughout the Theater District. Metro buses will be running on holiday schedule.
CLICK HERE for METRO’s 2013 HOLIDAY SCHEDULES
The Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 9 a.m. on Smith and Lamar. It is scheduled to roll north to Walker, east to Milam, south to Pease, west to Louisiana, north to Clay, west to Smith. It ends at Smith and Dallas. SEE MAP BELOW.