WDIV Local 4 Takes America's Thanksgiving Parade Around the World

Nov 16, 2000, 00:00 ET from WDIV Local 4

    DETROIT, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit's time honored tradition,
 America's Thanksgiving Parade, is going global this year.  The sights and
 sounds of the parade will warm the hearts of people all over the world via the
 Internet.  Live, streaming video of the parade, as it rolls down Woodward
 Avenue on Thanksgiving morning, will be accessible on WDIV Local 4's website,
 clickondetroit.com .  This year's live broadcast is November 23 beginning at
 8:30 a.m. on WDIV Local 4.
     Internet technology will also make it possible for WDIV Local 4 to reunite
 three local families with loved ones overseas.  The three families will be
 able to "visit" with their family members by webcam.  Their reunion will be
 featured during the parade broadcast.  The home viewing audience will also be
 able to get in on the fun by choosing one of the three families to be reunited
 in person.  Northwest Airlines will provide airfare to bring the family member
 home to Detroit at a later date.  America's Thanksgiving Parade viewers will
 have the opportunity to vote during the parade broadcast and the lucky family
 will be announced before the parade ends.
     WDIV Local 4's Carmen Harlan and Devin Scillian co-host America's
 Thanksgiving Parade while Chuck Gaidica offers color commentary from the
 parade route.  Steve Garagiola joins the anchor team with interviews of the
 many VIP's involved with this year's parade.
     The grand marshall of this year's America's Thanksgiving Parade is Bo
 Schembechler, former coach of University of Michigan's championship football
 team.  Actor Danny Glover, the Harlem Globetrotters, MTV veejay DJ Skribble,
 The Rugrats, Australia's children's singing group The Wiggles, The Chenille
 Sisters and the world renowned U.S. Navy Marching Band round out the list of
 parade participants.  This year's parade features 20 performing units, 12
 giant balloons, 11 marching bands and 10 new animated floats.  Once again, the
 parade will be seen nationwide between 10 and 11 a.m.
     Jeff Fish is the producer of America's Thanksgiving Parade.