November 1, 2021

Top 11 Cities with the Best Thanksgiving Parades

Thanksgiving Day isn’t just about that scrumptious feast with turkey and all the trimmings, cranberries, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, it’s also associated with spectacular parades.

If you’re thinking about doing something a bit different for this special day of thanks this year, why not visit a city that offers a great way to get into the holiday spirit with melodious marching bands, brightly ornamented floats and more? These destinations are a perfect family holiday getaway, but of course, if you’re lucky enough to live near one of these fabulous cities you won’t even have to travel very far to watch the festivities unfold up close and in person.



  • "In my opinion, this is the best Thanksgiving Parade in the nation. Every year has a well planned theme, and everything lines up with it. Top quality floats and bands, and quality people running it make it a real pleasure to help out, and make me proud to be a part of! I have lost count of the number of years I have done so with my family. Then there are concerts, and events, and demonstrations, and a Food Festival that make it a complete weekend celebration. Well worth my trip in from Pennsylvania this year!"
    ~ David Jehle
  • "Drove all the way from Virginia with two small children to be apart of the BEST Thanksgiving Celebration. So glad that the quality and continuity of this parade has been maintained at such a high standard over the years so my children will hopefully have the same wonderful memories of it during their childhood as I did!"
    ~ Lindsay Dingess
  • "The TD parade is one of my favorite events. Not enough superlatives to describe how wonderful the marching bands, floats etc are in America's home town parade. I would recommend to anyone to visit & enjoy this parade. It is volunteer and contribution generated so please donate generously to keep it as spectacular as it was this year! Thank you to all participants!"
    ~Yvette Bolduc Cingolani
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