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America’s Thanksgiving Parade, presented by Gardner-White, is still a go this year, but we’ll have to watch the 94-year-old event from home.

This year’s parade, called “We Are One Together,” will pay tribute to frontline workers and heroes of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The parade will feature all of the usual favorite holiday items, such as floats, performers, helium balloons and Santa Claus. It will kick off at 9 a.m.

“We are in a time of reinvention, and with remarkable sponsors and our partner WDIV Local 4, we will deliver a beautiful broadcast to everyone in Detroit and across the country,” Tony Michaels, president and CEO of The Parade Co., said in a press release. “This tradition is part of our lives, and every decision made was determined by our commitment to safety and bringing viewers at home a heartfelt Thanksgiving morning.”

The parade broadcast will feature a mix of recorded and live footage. WDIV-Local 4’s Evrod Cassimy, Devin Scillian, Kimberly Gill and Rhonda Walker will host the event.

America’s Thanksgiving Parade, which is produced by the Detroit-based nonprofit The Parade Co., will be broadcast by WDIV-TV Channel 4 and online at There will also be a one-hour syndicated national broadcast reaching more than 185 U.S. markets.

Thanksgiving Morning Lineup:

6 a.m. to 8 a.m. — “Local 4 News Today: Special Thanksgiving Edition”

8 a.m. to 9 a.m. — “America’s Thanksgiving Parade Preview with Live in the D.”

9 a.m. to Noon — “America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Gardner-White”

  • Morning coverage begins at 6 a.m. on WDIV-Local 4 and with a special edition of Local 4 News Today hosted by Rhonda Walker, Evrod Cassimy and Brandon Roux.
  • Then, at 8 a.m., Jason Carr and Tati Amare host “America’s Thanksgiving Parade Preview with Live in the D.”
  • “America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Gardner-White” starts at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, including a one-hour syndicated national broadcast from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. reaching more 185 major cities across the country (check local TV listings).


  • Lin Rountree: Billboard topping soul/urban jazz trumpeter
  • Paulina Jayne: Urban-Country/rock/soul singer and songwriter
  • Angela Davis: Neo-Soul/jazz vocalist
  • Mid American Pompon All Star Team: Michigan high school varsity performers
  • Evrod Cassimy: R&B/pop singer/songwriter and Local 4 News Today anchor


Viewers can vote for their favorite high school bands marching in the parade in the “Battle of the Bands” contest at



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Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at [email protected] and tweet at her @AnneErickson!