DETROIT, Nov. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Parade Company announced today an incredible celebrity line-up to appear in the 88th America's Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van Furniture, recognized as one of the best Thanksgiving parades in the country by US News & World Report Travel. On November 27, this year's parade Grand Marshals Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White will lead the iconic parade down Woodward Avenue and be joined by stars Big Sean, Vanilla Ice, Nicole Curtis, Hilary Farr and more.
"Every year celebrities travel from across the nation to take part in our beloved tradition of America's Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van," said Tony Michaels, president & CEO, The Parade Company. "We are proud to welcome an amazing group of individuals and look forward to celebrating with them on Woodward Avenue Thanksgiving morning."
STARS TO SHINE IN PARADE – Parade goers will enjoy an up close look at performers, musicians and stars including:
2014 Grand Marshals
Meryl Davis and Charlie White – American Ice Dancing Olympic Gold Medalists and Michigan natives
Big Sean – Award-winning and Grammy-nominated rapper, singer and songwriter. He is a BET Award and Billboard Music Award winner with over 10 million records sold. A Detroit native, Sean continues to give back to his hometown community and those in need through his non-profit, the Sean Anderson Foundation.
Nicole Curtis – Host of HGTV's Rehab Addict; Michigan native
Vanilla Ice – American Rapper; Actor; Host of Vanilla Ice Project on DIY Network
Hilary Farr – International home designer; Co-Host of HGTV's Love It or List It
Olivia Millerschin – Singer, songwriter and Quarter Finalist on NBC's America's Got Talent
KT Maviglia – 2014 Miss Michigan
PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR – Beloved penguins, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private, from the upcoming movie, PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, which opens in theaters on November 26
Love Dollhouse – Detroit R&B Girl Group
Hooper – Official mascot of the Detroit Pistons
PAWS – Official mascot to the Detroit Tigers
Roary – Official mascot of the Detroit Lions
Santa Claus – Santa's grand arrival in his hand-crafted sleigh is at the end of America's Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van
The parade will step off at 8:50 a.m. at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Kirby, adjacent to the Detroit Institute of Arts in Midtown, and end at Congress just south of Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit. This year's theme is "Walking on Sunshine."
The two-hour Parade will be featured on WDIV-TV Local 4, including a one-hour national broadcast reaching more than 140 major cities across the country. News/Talk 760 WJR will also broadcast live from the parade route.
America's Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van is free to the public. A limited amount of grandstand tickets are now available for purchase starting at $40. For more information, visit theparade.org and follow The Parade Company on Facebook and Twitter.
About The Parade Company
Founded in 1984, The Parade Company is a not-for-profit organization governed by the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation whose board of directors is comprised of key civic and corporate leaders in the greater Detroit region. The Parade Company is celebrating 88 years of Parade tradition in Detroit and is committed to funding, creating and executing the best family events in Michigan. The Parade Company staff, board of directors and thousands of parade volunteers work year-round to bring a wide variety of magnificent events to the City of Detroit and the region including the Ford Fireworks and America's Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van Furniture. Follow The Parade Company on Facebook and Twitter.
SOURCE The Parade Company