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What To Know For Houston's Thanksgiving Parade

Brooke Lewis
Posted on November 16
A map showing the route of city's Thanksgiving parade.

The parade route for the city's Thanksgiving parade. (City of Houston)

Have you ever been to the city’s Thanksgiving parade? This annual tradition, which takes place on Thanksgiving Day, is jam-packed with beautiful floats, talented marching bands, and other festivities to ring in the holiday. Here’s what’s going on at this year’s festival!

Where Is The Parade?

The 74th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving parade starts at 9 a.m. and takes place downtown across 20 blocks. It kicks off on Lamar and Smith street. To start the parade, expect a performance of “Cinderella” from Theater Under the Stars. Afterwards, the dynamic Texas Southern University’s marching band, “Ocean of Soul” will perform.

What Else Will You See?

Rockets legends, Rudy Tomjanovich and Hall of Fame player, Calvin Murphy, will serve as co-grand marshals of the parade alongside Mayor Sylvester Turner. Tomjanovich played his whole career with the Rockets, and then as coach led them to two consecutive championships. Murphy is the first Hall of Fame player to spend his whole career with the Rockets. Besides sports legend sightings, you can also expect beautiful floats and other performances from local high school marching bands and drill teams.

What About Other Logistics?

The parade is free and open to the public. You can purchase a limited number of premium seats that give you a prime view of the parade route. Parking should be available along the parade route. Metro buses will also be running on their holiday schedule.

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