America’s Best Holiday Parades

Thanksgiving and Christmas parades have become an annual family tradition, where thousands enjoy the community holiday spirit. Parades include tree lightings, floats, large balloons, marching bands, cheerleaders, singers, dancers, celebrities, and of course Santa Claus. Many parades are aired on national TV networks.

Stamford Parade

Stamford, CT

November 19, 2023

An annual holiday tradition since 1992 in downtown Stamford.

Santa Parade

Scranton, PA

November 19, 2023

An annual downtown holiday event since 1993.

Thanksgiving Eve Parade

Charlotte, NC

November 22, 2023

The Charlotte parade was formed in 1947 and has been sponsored by Novant Health since 2012

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

New York City

November 23, 2023

The May’s parade in Manhattan is nationally televised and was formed in 1921

America’s Thanksgiving Parade

Detroit, MI

November 23, 2023

The annual Detroit parade is on Thanksgiving Day in Downtown. It was originally sponsored by the J.L. Hudson department store in 1924

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade

Chicago, IL

November 23, 2023

The annual downtown parade was formed in 1934 and has had different sponsors, such as McDonald’s, Marshall Fields, and Target

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HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade

Houston, TX

November 23, 2023

This year’s 74th annual parade in downtown Houston.

Ameren Thanks for Giving Parade

St. Louis, MO

November 23, 2023

For 30 years this parade raises money to help needy families during the holiday season.

Bayou Thanksgiving Parade

New Orleans, LA

November 23, 2023

The French Quarter parade kicks off the Bayou festivities and football game

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Reston Holiday Parade

Reston, VA, part of Metro Washington DC

November 24, 2023

Since 1992 this Metro Washington DC parade with tree lighting launches the holiday season

Celebrate the Season Parade

Pittsburgh, PA

November 25, 2023

Originally formed by Kaufman’s department store in 1980 in the Downtown

Christmas Parade

Quincy, MA

November 26, 2023

This year’s Boston area’s 69th annual parade and tree lighting.

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Hollywood Christmas Parade

Los Angeles, CA

November 26, 2023

The annual celebrity packed parade has kicked off the holiday season since 1928.

Dallas Holiday Parade

Dallas, TX

December 2, 2023

The Verizon sponsored downtown parade was formed in 1988.

Children’s Christmas Parade

Atlanta, GA

December 2, 2023

The annual parade in Midtown was formed in 1981 to benefit Children’ Healthcare.

Mayor’s Christmas Parade

Baltimore, MD

December 4, 2023

A 50 year tradition in downtown Baltimore.

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Holiday Boat Parade

Honolulu, HI

December 16, 2023

A decorated parade of decorated and lighted boats in Kai Marina.

Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

Orlando, FL

December 25, 2023

An annual nationally televised parade formed in 1983.

Mummers Day Parade

Philadelphia, PA

New Year’s Day

The parade is one of the oldest American parades formed in 1901. It is known for its elaborate costumes and string bands.

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Bruce J. Wood
Bruce J. Wood
Bruce J. Wood, founder of AOIDE Bruce J. Wood has worked on Wall Street in business finance and strategy, and has written hundreds of finance business plans, strategic plans, economic feasibility studies, and economic impact studies. Bruce has lectured on creativity and strategic thinking, as well as worked on the development of numerous publishing, film, television, and performing arts projects, along with downtown revitalizations, using the arts as an economic catalyst. As an aficionado of music, art, and dance, Bruce is also a writer and an outdoor enthusiast. He has written poetry, blogs, articles, and many creative project concepts. He lives in the Metro Detroit area and enjoys writing poetry, backpacking, and ballroom dancing.

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