|“The annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade has a long history as a Houston tradition, and each year, we are incredibly thankful we can celebrate this cherished holiday event with our fellow Houstonians,” said H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs, Diversity, and Environmental Affairs. “We look forward to joining Mayor Turner once again in this beloved parade and thanking him for his leadership, commitment and service to our great city.”
The Texas Southern University marching band, “Ocean of Soul” will start the parade after a special performance from Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella from Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS). The parade will feature additional performances, HIGH-FLYING BALLOONS and COLORFUL AND UNIQUE FLOATS including the famous Tom Turkey and Santa Claus. New floats include the Recycle float sponsored by the City of Houston Solid Waste Department, made from all recycled materials. Furthermore, the parade will feature a number of local and regional high stepping marching bands, drill teams, dance companies, and more!
Houston’s inaugural Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949 when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley’s department store. Today, the annual parade is produced by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. It will begin on Smith at Lamar, head north to Walker, east to Milam, south to Pease, west to Louisiana, north to Clay, west to Smith, and north ending at Smith and Dallas.
The H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade is made possible by H-E-B and the following segment sponsors: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Highland Village Shopping Center and NEW sponsor, CITGO. Additional sponsors include: Airgas, an Air Liquide company, Hyatt Regency Downtown, Houston ConnectSmart, KSBJ 89.3, GOYA Foods, Sikh National Center, Houston Chronicle, Radio One, Audacy Radio, KTSU and Vida Unida. The parade television broadcast and streaming partner is KHOU 11.
The Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade is free and open to the public. A limited number of premium seats are available and can be purchased at houstonthanksgivingparade.org for $28.25 each, including service fee. Curbside space along the route for lawn chairs and blankets will be plentiful. Easy access parking is available along the route, and Metro buses will be running on a holiday schedule. For route and schedule information, please visit www.ridemetro.org.