This year's Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade is on November 27, 2008 in downtown Detroit. It's run by The Parade Company, and the parade has been going since 1924. The parade was originally sponsored by the J. L. Hudson's Department Store.
The grand marshall of this year's parade is ..., a ... from ... notable for .... (photo) (links)
The parade route is ..., similar/different to last year's route. Some good places to view it include ...
You can see a photo set from the 2007 parade on Flickr at ...
One of the highlights of this parade is the Fred Hill Briefcase Drill Team from Plymouth, Michigan. The team is led by ..., a (CPA?) from (city) who has assembled a precision team of xxx-clad accountants. Here's a brief video:
I sent Fred a few questions - here's his replies.
When did you start the Briefcase Drill Team, and what was your first parade?
Do you know of any other groups like this around the country?
What do you look for in a briefcase for the team - are they standard issue or custom built?
How much do you practice before the parade, and where do you recruit team members from?
Imagine "extreme briefcase sports" - what does this look like?
Thanks Fred for the answers!
From previous years: 2007, 2006, 2005 ... parade notes.
Television schedule: channel xxx hosted by xxx
History of the parade: ...
Other parades in the area include the April 2009 Festifools parade in Ann Arbor.
Coverage by AmericaJR