Perform in a Thanksgiving day Parade!

Perform in a Thanksgiving Day Parade! Every Band Director has a bucket list, and a Thanksgiving Day parade should be one of them. If Macy’s isn’t on your radar, (or didn’t accept you) have no fear. GTN can help to guide you in the direction of an incredible Thanksgiving day experience that will stand the test of time. Crowds are lower, the timing is terrific and fall travel is relatively quiet. Aside from NYC, did you know there are several other TELEVISED Thanksgiving Day parades around the country? From night parades to unique destination, here are a few of our favorites for Thanksgiving.

Dunkin Donuts Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

“The Oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Country”
Philadelphia, PA: November 23, 2023
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
1.4 miles long
Applications due: Soon!

Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade

“Where Grateful Hearts Gather”
Chicago, IL: November 23, 2023
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Less than 1 mile
Deadline for application is May 31st

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Detroit, MI: November 23, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
3 mile long parade
Contact GTN to inquire

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 23, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
2.5 miles long
Applications are closed for 2023

HEB Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade

Houston, TX: November 23, 2023
9 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
20 Blocks in the length
Application deadline is coming up.
Contact GTN to inquire.

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade

“Twilight up the Charlotte area”
Charlotte, NC: November 22, 2023
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
1 mile of marching
Applications to apply due August 31, 2023

Don’t want to travel over Thanksgiving?

Check out these other terrific Holiday Parades

Gatlinburg Festival of Lights Parade

Gatlinburg, TN: December 1, 2023
7:30 p.m. Start
Length: 1.5 miles

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Chicago, IL: November 18, 2023
5:30 p.m. Start
Length: 1.2 miles

Dallas Holiday Parade

Dallas, TX: Saturday, December 2, 2023
Apply by Oct 31
Things to note: Wear RED!
Starts at 10 a.m.
Length: About a half mile