HOUSTON - The 67th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off at 9 a.m. in downtown Houston accompanied by beautiful weather and a large crowd.
Parade-goers and participants were up early prepping floats and getting warmed up for big performances. Olympic Gold Medalists Simone Manual and Simone Biles grand marshaled the event.
This year’s parade celebrated Houston as a spirited, global American city with a focus on family.
This year Houston also kicked off a new tradition, the “Mayor’s Citywide Sing-a-Long,” where parade viewers and participants joined together to sing “What The World Needs Now Is Love.”
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.