The American Thanksgiving Parade presented by Gardner White is about to go wild on Woodward Avenue in Detroit.
But first the pancake breakfast.
Although it takes place in the wee hours of the morning, hundreds of people attend the event each year, not only for pancakes and coffee, but also for a glimpse of some of the new floats and the pleasure of watching their businesses. locals and their community leaders do their best to flip flapjacks without flop.
In fact, the annual Parade Company Pancake Breakfast presented by Michigan’s Blue Cross Blue Shield is as traditional as the parade itself.
“It’s an event I look forward to every year as it kicks off the holiday season. Everybody loves a parade,” Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller said.
She and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel were among those from Macomb County invited Thursday to join in the fun of flipping flapjacks.
Among the new floats unveiled at the event was Huntington National Bank’s ‘Rooted Here’.
“Huntington National Bank is an amazing partner to our community,” said Tony Michaels, CEO and President of The Parade Company, in a press release. “The Huntington National Bank is a great champion of Detroit and its neighborhoods, and we are thrilled to launch their new float celebrating their deep commitment to our city and state on Thanksgiving morning.”
The bank’s regional president, Eric Dietz, was on hand for the unveiling.
“At Huntington, our purpose is to improve people’s lives, help businesses thrive and strengthen the communities we serve. The new Huntington float symbolizes our bank’s commitment to Detroit. From our commitment to the Warrendale/Cody Rouge and Grandmont/Rosedale neighborhoods to the opening of our brand new tower on Woodward Avenue, Huntington Bank has deep roots in this great city,” said Dietz. “As Detroit’s Home Bank, we are proud to participate in the 96th Thanksgiving Parade USA and look forward to celebrating this beloved tradition on Thanksgiving Day.”
There are nine new tanks this year, including “It all starts here!” by Gardner White. a vibrant float representing some of the exciting things that happened first, in Detroit and Pets Supplies Plus “Let the Pets Play On!” which exemplifies the local brand as the favorite neighborhood pet store. He says they live here, work here and play here!
Those who attended the breakfast got a glimpse of the new floats that were made by The Parade Company artists and their enthusiastic, hardworking volunteers who spend countless hours creating the Thanksgiving Day masterpieces. The Huntington Float alone is over 120 feet long. The colorful float presents a beautiful and robust vegetable garden. The huge fruit and vegetable baskets at the front of the float are large enough to hold 5,000 apples.
Behind this is a second bright room with 150 linear feet of lights used to create the illusion of water pouring from a watering can. The third coin celebrates Huntington Bank’s commitment to Detroit with a replica of Huntington Tower, the company’s newest 20-story downtown office building. The replica is so large – 28 feet tall, about 1/8 the height of the current building – that Dietz could actually use it as office space. These pieces are anchored by a mock-up of Huntington Place and the parade’s largest television screen, displaying high-definition graphics.
“Our great city! Detroit” is the theme for the American Thanksgiving Parade presented by Gardner White on Thursday, November 24.
The show traditionally airs on WDIV-TV (Channel 4) with a one-hour syndicated national broadcast, reaching over 185 television markets across the country. Paul W. Smith of WJR-AM (760) and Audacy WOMC-FM (104.3) also aired parades.
Live coverage begins at 6 a.m. with pre-parade coverage, followed by a parade pre-show beginning at 9 a.m. Local Detroit coverage of the parade runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Listeners can also catch WJR’s Paul W. Smith pre-parade show from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and live coverage of the WOMC overlooking the parade route from 10 a.m. to noon overlooking the parade route.
“Thank you to the Parade Committee and all the sponsors for organizing the American Thanksgiving Parade,” added Miller.
For more information, visit theparade.org.