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Thanksgiving Parade

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The annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The 2018 Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade will step off on November 17 at 10 a.m. from downtown Silver Spring, Ellsworth Drive at the Silver Spring Civic Building, and head south on Georgia Avenue to Silver Spring Avenue. The Parade is televised live on NewsChannel 8 and celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. The only Thanksgiving parade in the area, it features over 100 marching units, including marching bands, musical groups, floats, and inflatables. The parade began in 1997, when Silver Spring was experiencing its revitalization to engage the community and enliven activity in downtown Silver Spring. It is a tradition that still goes strong, attracting over 10,000 people each year.

The Parade will include college and high school marching bands, glittering Thanksgiving and Christmas floats, theatrical performances, cutural music groups, the 12-foot inflatable turkey parade logo, a 12-foot penguin, motorcycles and horse-mounted police, the Montgomery County Recreation “T-Recs” 12-foot dinosaur, beauty queens, fire engines, antique cars, performing dogs and rescue animal groups, clowns, and so much more. As always, the parade will culminate with Santa’s float playing holiday music and featuring the smiling, rosy-cheeked elf, tossing candy canes to the eager crowd.

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