Come See the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 23

Thanksgiving Parade Emcee Brian van de Graff

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It’s turkey time again in the District and her suburbs.

And while the 16th Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Day Parade held in Silver Spring on November 23 may not register on the national radar like that parade in another very important U.S. city, to folks around here it’s still pretty grand.

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Or maybe they should make a splash and rename it the Brian van de Graff Parade. Because once again the event will be emceed by the ABC7 meteorologist. If he ever gets canned from the station, maybe he can take his act on the road as a parade emcee for hire? He’s getting enough practice.

Other than inflatable turkeys and Brian van de Graff, just what will the November 23 parade hold? Just what you think it will: marching bands, including the Washington Redskins Marching Band (and yes, it will take more than a parade for the team to match last year’s heroic drive to the playoffs), beauty queens, clowns, fire engines and animal groups.

Santa of course will top it all off, he and the elves dispensing candy canes to parade-goers both good and bad. In fact, this lineup of more than 100 parade units will feature the new Baby Smurf Balloon, a giant dinosaur and oodles of dancing groups.

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Riding the same route as last year, the parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street, goes south on Georgia Avenue, and ends things at Silver Spring Avenue.

The parade is located very near the Silver Spring Metrorail station on the Red Line.

After the parade, have a walk around this renter-friendly town and see if it fits you. Find an apartment on or check out Silver Spring for apartments. 

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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