Google is offering up such information on four of the nation's largest Thanksgiving parades, including the one in downtown Houston that kicks off at 9 am Thursday. The parade will begin on Smith at Lamar, and proceed north to Walker, east to Milam, south to Pease, west to Louisiana, north to Clay, west to Smith, and north to end at Smith and Dallas.
The annual parade, which includes floats, high-flying balloons, marching bands, live entertainment and an appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales, is free, with a limited number of bleacher seats at McKinney and Smith streets for sale at $28 each. Olympic greats Simone Biles and Simone Manuel will serve as honorary parade marshals.
The Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade website notes that pay parking is available in lots at 1900 Smith, 1600 Smith, 701 Jefferson, and 500 Jefferson, as well as at the Theater District Parking Garage. METRO buses will be run on a holiday schedule. Food trucks and vendors will be available along the parade route.
The Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949 when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley’s. The parade has gone through numerous changes since then, including near-death experiences a few times when it appeared it would be canceled, but remains a Houston holiday tradition.