Holiday season kicks off with Thanksgiving parade -- Gazette.Net


The holiday season in Montgomery County will officially get underway Nov. 17 with the annual Thanksgiving parade.

This is the 15th year for the parade. This year’s parade begins with pilgrims, turkeys and Thanksgiving floats and ends with elves, reindeer and Santa’s sleigh. Parade participants will include the Washington Redskins Marching Band, the Washington Nationals Baseball Club, dancing groups, beauty queens, clowns, fire engines and rescue animal groups.

Parade organizers are looking for volunteers to be gingerbread men, elves and pilgrims on floats or to lead giant helium balloons. Volunteers ages 10 and older can hand out candy to the crowd, dress up in costume and ride on the floats.

The parade begins at 10 a.m., rain or shine, from Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring. The parade will follow the same route as last year, proceeding south on Georgia Avenue and ending at Silver Spring Avenue.

NewsChannel 8 will broadcast the parade live, and the telecast will be repeated on Thanksgiving Day.

Free parking will be available in the public garages, but the Spring Street and Ellsworth Town Center garages will be closed.

Call 240-777-6821 for more parade information.