All About Houston’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade Tips | Houston Moms Blog

If you’re looking to get your family out of the house {and out of the kitchen} on Thanksgiving morning, then look no further than the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s packed full of entertainment for everyone in your family, and best of all … it’s free! Our Houston parade is a long-standing holiday tradition that we, as Houstonians, should be so proud of – it’s just as magical as the one in New York City – and you don’t have to arrive at 3 am to get a good spot!

One of the great things about this parade is that it celebrates so many unique aspects of our great city. Houston artists designed many of the parade floats, and local high school marching bands and dance teams will perform in the parade. The parade route runs through downtown, and parking couldn’t be easier. Street parking is available on the east side of the parade route, and garage parking is available to the public as well. For all parking information, click here.

The parade begins at 9 am, but Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner encourages you to be in your seats early to join in the citywide sing-a-long to the beloved “What the World Needs Now.” Not a singer? Not to worry! You’ll have thousands of Houstonians singing along with you, and there will be eight remote speakers set up along the parade route. What a fun way to unite as a city and kick-off this iconic parade!

When you see the traditional Tom the Turkey float, you’ll know the parade has officially begun. This year’s parade marshals are none other than our own Gold Medalists: gymnast Simone Biles, and swimmer Simone Manuel. We are so honored that they chose to stay in Houston and be a part of this signature Houston event.

As you watch the parade, you’ll clearly see the theme of the event, “Houston on Parade” carried out in these four segments…

Houston is America :: This is the beginning of the parade, with Biles and Manuel leading the way, along with a float with many of our local Olympians, including the oldest Olympian, who is in his 80s.

Houston is Spirited :: This section features the Houston Superbowl Committee, which is sure to generate a great deal of excitement as we look to host the most popular sporting event in America.

Houston is Global :: The highlight of this section will be the float from Magical Winter Lights, which is sure to delight everyone of all ages. As Houston is a melting pot of cultures, this segment of the parade will celebrate the diversity of our wonderful city!

Houston is Family :: The final portion of the parade is the one we all look forward to because it means our favorite holiday guest is coming – SANTA! Promoting holiday spirit, these floats will celebrate the excitement of the holiday season.

>> Helpful Hints for the Parade <<

  • Before you head out to the parade, grab your blankets because it looks like we will have the perfect weather for bundling up with your loved ones. Since the parade is downtown, it can feel much cooler than the temperature reads because of the shade created by the buildings.
  • Reserved seating is still available for the parade. You can purchase tickets beforehand for these seats, but if you prefer to sit somewhere else along the route, just bring a lawn/tailgating chair with you to the parade.
  • Because the city of Houston pays careful attention to detail, there will be food trucks and vendors set up all along the parade route. So, if you forget to pack snacks or drinks for the kids, you need not worry!
  • Can’t make it to the parade? You can still be part of the holiday magic. Just tune in to KHOU Channel 11 for the live broadcast. {Fun fact :: Our parade is syndicated in four states and 19 television markets, and it’s rebroadcast throughout the holiday season!}

One more thing… The Houston Thanksgiving Parade has been nominated by USA Today as one of the top holiday parades in the country! Let’s make it hit that #1 spot :: Click to vote for Houston, and vote once a day until December 5th! 

Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade Tips | Houston Moms Blog

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