Your guide to the H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade

Before we feast on food and football, Houstonians will enjoy a feast for the senses

HOUSTON - Tens of thousands of people are expected to line the concrete canyons of downtown Houston Thursday for the 67th annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade. Millions more will watch the broadcast on KHOU 11 and KHOU.com.

This year’s parade celebrates Houston as a spirited, global American city with a focus on family.

Hometown Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles and Simone Manuel are the grand marshals.

“The H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade is a fantastic holiday tradition that we are thrilled to bring to Houstonians each year,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “We are extremely proud to have two amazing local athletes lead the parade this year and help us celebrate just how thankful we are to live in this great, diverse city.”

Colorful floats and high-flying balloons will glide through the route, along with special appearances from Santa Claus, Greater Houston-area Olympians, All American Cheerleaders, Houston Children’s Chorus, Metro Dance Company, the Apache Belles and so much more!

This year Houston will also kick off a new tradition, the “Mayor’s Citywide Sing-a-Long,” where parade viewers and participants will join together to sing “What The World Needs Now Is Love.” It will take place before the parade at 8:45 a.m.

Photos: Behind the Scenes at the float barn

Houston’s inaugural Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949 when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley’s department store.

This year’s parade will begin on Smith at Lamar, north to Walker, east to Milam, south to Pease, west to Louisiana, north to Clay, west to Smith, and north to end at Smith and Dallas.

2016 Parade Route by KHOU on Scribd

The parade begins at 9 a.m. and it’s free and open to the public.  A limited amount of seats are available at the parade’s starting line, and can be purchased through the official website for $28 each including service fee.

Curbside space along the route for lawn chairs and blankets will be plentiful.

Easy access parking is available along the route, and Metro buses will be running on a holiday schedule. For route and schedule information, please visit Metro or call 713-635-4000.

There will be food trucks along the route. 

Photos: 2015 Thanksgiving Day Parade 

 

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