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 ClickonDetroit.com. 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 ClickOnDetroit.com 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
BATTLE OF THE BANDS:
Viewers can vote for their favorite high school bands marching in the parade in the “Battle of the Bands” contest at ClickOnDetroit.com.
*Courtesy of clickondetroit.com