Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The streets are being overrun with turkeys, dinosaurs, penguins, and reindeer! No, the zoo hasn’t opened their gates – it is the 15th Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade on November 17 at 10a.m.! With the Washington Redskins Marching Band and over 20 other bands and Latin dancing groups, floats, giant characters and balloons, and over 120 units, the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade is the only Thanksgiving Parade in the metro DC area.
Held in downtown Silver Spring, the exciting parade traditionally heralds the start of the holiday season. The parade steps off from Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and proceeds south on Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue. It also is televised live on News Channel 8 and rerun on Thanksgiving Day.
The parade line-up begins with pilgrims, turkeys, and Thanksgiving floats and ends with the ever popular elves, reindeer, and the man front the North Pole, Santa Claus! Emcee ABC 7 Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff will introduce glittering floats, horses, a wide variety of marching bands including Bowie State’s band, The Washington Nationals Baseball Club, dancing groups, beauty queens, clowns, fire engines, and rescue animal groups like the majestic Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue and the Humane Society.
In addition to a few surprises, the new units this year include the performing Paul J. Hagerty High School Band traveling to the parade from Florida. These Florida State Champions are touring for the first time and have chosen to come to Montgomery County. Other live performances will include a sword fight scene from Round House Theater’s upcoming production of Young Robin Hood, holiday songs from the children’s choir of ATMTC (Adventure Theater/Musical Theater Center), and The Nutcracker by Maryland Youth Ballet.
POSTED: 9:39:00 AM