March Down to Silver Spring This Weekend for the MoCo Thanksgiving Parade

2010 Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade

Carving the turkey: Modern Thanksgiving celebrations can be traced back to that landmark day in 1621 when the Pilgrims first broke bread with the Native Americans – and then battled them with swords. Wait, what? (SPakhrin via Flickr)

Some may scoff at its size, or relative lack of fame, but we here at think it’s just fine, this Montgomery County Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Before you stuff yourself with turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes, you might want to celebrate the holiday along with one of the best counties in America.

Taking place in Silver Spring on Saturday, November 17, at 10 a.m., the 15th annual parade starts off at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street, heads south on Georgia Avenue and ends at Silver Spring Avenue.

There will be more than 20 marching bands participating, nearly 10 floats, a bunch of balloon inflatables, horses, various pilgrims, turkeys, elves, reindeer and Santa Claus. The largest such parade in the area, viewers will be treated to the Washington Redskins Marching Band, fire engines, dancing groups, beauty queens, and even animal rescue organizations like the Humane Society and the Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue.

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The Paul J. Hagerty High School Band from Oviedo, Fla., will make a special appearance this year. These state champs are touring for the first time, and you get to see them. There will be other performances as well.

This rain-or-shine event will be broadcast live on NewsChannel 8, and once again emceed by ABC7 meteorologist Brian van de Graaff.

So maybe there’s no Lady Gaga, Ryan Seacrest or whoever that other parade in New York will be featuring. Who cares? I can’t stand either one of those two anyway.

You can get off at the Silver Spring Metro stop and land very close to the parade. When you’re done with the festivities, stick around downtown Silver Spring and have a looksee at what could be your new home. Find your next apartment in the area with Apartment Showcase. 


Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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