8 Thanksgiving Parades, Ranked
In terms of Thanksgiving traditions, taking in a parade is right up there with eating turkey, watching football and grimacing as a distant relative drinks too much and drops an off-color joke in front of the kids table.
Here are America's top eight Thanksgiving parades, ranked.
8. Chicago: McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade
There's a time and a place for McDonald's. And it's not Thanksgiving.
7. Charlotte: Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade
This parade through Uptown Charlotte will be overhauled this year with "new-look floats." But none other than President George Washington once called Charlotte, "a trifling place." So there's that.
6. Detroit: America's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The theme for this year's parade is "Downtown Our Town." Fair enough, given the year Detroit's had. But this logo (right) and its creepy clown is not going to help the proud city's image any:
5. El Paso: FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade
The Sun Bowl isn't until Dec. 31, but the game's parade is held on Thanksgiving. Five weeks to pre-party for a bowl game featuring, at best, the fourth best team in the Pac-12 taking on the loser of the ACC Championship game? This much enthusiasm for college football deserves to be acknowledged.
4. New York: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Pro: Watched by more than 3.5 million spectators in person and 50 million on TV, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the most celebrated of all the Thanksgiving parades. Con: Matt Lauer's co-hosting it for NBC, and he was very mean to Ann Curry last year.
3. St. Louis: Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade
The grand marshal of the29th annual parade is artist Mary Engelbreit. This much enthusiasm for art deserves to be acknowledged.
2. Philadelphia: 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade
Pro: It's the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country. Con: Which means it's the only one with time to add two corporate sponsors to its name.
1. Plymouth, Massachusetts: America's Hometown Thanksgiving Parade
Plymouth holds its parade, "one of America's only historically accurate chronological parades," the weekend before Thanksgiving. But as it was the host city for the first Thanksgiving feast, it's entitled to hold the parade whenever it wants.