Thanksgiving Parades Bountiful across the US According to The GO Group, LLC

Oct 23, 2012, 15:31 ET from The GO Group, LLC

CHICAGO, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- New York hosts the most famous Thanksgiving parade but there are many other pageants and events over the holiday. The travel experts at The GO Group, LLC, the nation's largest ground transportation company, recommend the following destinations for turkey day activities.       

Dating back to 1920, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation's oldest. Held from 8:30 a.m. – noon, the parade features massive floats, balloons, marching bands, musical guests, dance teams and Sesame Street and Disney characters. Santa himself makes an appearance, too, officially ringing in the holiday season.  

The windy city is home to the McDonalds Thanksgiving Parade held on Thanksgiving from 8 – 11 a.m. in downtown Chicago.  More than 400,000 spectators are expected to watch giant helium balloons, festive floats, marching bands, equestrian units, performance groups and local and national celebrities march down State Street.

For an authentic celebration, head 35 miles north of Boston to Plimouth Plantation for an evening of entertainment and hospitality with the residents of the 17th-Century English Village. The Massachusetts living history museum re-creates Thanksgiving with authentic New England Thanksgiving and Victorian Thanksgiving dinners featuring period food, table manners, customs and songs.  

San Antonio offers the Ford Holiday River Parade & Lighting Ceremony on November 23, from 7 – 10 p.m.  For more than 30 years, this parade along the River Walk has entertained with illuminated floats with celebrities, bands and lavishly-costumed participants. The parade is preceded by the Lighting Ceremony, during which 1.4 million holiday lights are lit along the River Walk. 

Since 1998, the Waikiki Holiday Parade has commemorated Pearl Harbor Survivors and the anniversary of the attacks.  Thousands of residents and visitors gather on the Friday after Thanksgiving to watch the parade, which hosts local bands; marching bands from the mainland; Pearl Harbor Survivors; service bands; military units; local officials, dignitaries and entertainers. The parade begins at Fort DeRussy and ends at Kapiolani Park.

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