Get a Head Start on Thanksgiving This Weekend in Silver Spring

Some people really love turkey. And some people really love family. And when you put them together in America, you get Thanksgiving, where we all give thanks for what we’re … thankful for.

While most people celebrate with friends and family, more than a few like to take to the streets and see a parade for the occasion. The most famous one, the Thanksgiving Day Parade That Shall Not Be Named, draws millions to its annual callithump and millions more on TV.

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Around these parts, we have a nice one too, and even better, you don’t have to wait until the holiday or screw up your pumpkin pie-eating plans to attend. I’m referring, of course, to the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade.

Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade (S Pakhrin via Flickr)

It’s good to be queen: Naturally, beauty queens don’t have to wear seat belts. It’s one of the perks. (S Pakhrin via Flickr)

In its 17th year, the parade takes place on Saturday, November 22 (as always, the Saturday before Thanksgiving), bright and early at 10 a.m. I know a lot of you will be sleeping in, but for the early weekend risers among us who like pageantry and good ole family fun, come out to downtown Silver Spring and be festive. I mean, you got something better to do for two hours … besides sleep?

The parade will float down a familiar path: It starts at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street, proceeds south on Georgia Avenue, and ends up at Silver Spring Avenue. Don’t have a car? You’re in luck, as the Silver Spring Metrorail station on the Red Line is nearby.

What will paradegoers gander this year? Glad you asked. They’ll see marching bands, fire engines, beauty queens, animal groups and dancing troupes. Two new 12-foot inflatables this year, one a turkey and the other the Silver Spring penguin mascot, will be on hand as well. Two other highlights will be a teddy bear float and the Ballet Theatre of Maryland performing a segment from the “Nutcracker.”

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Emceeing again for the umpteenth year in a row will be News Channel 8’s meteorologist Brian van de Graaff. Joining him this year will be station anchor Kellye Lynn. News Channel 8 will carry the parade live and replay it again on Thanksgiving Day. But why settle for the small screen when you can see it yourself?

And if you were thinking about renting an apartment in Silver Spring, stick around and have a look at the town.

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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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