Mark your calendars, Houston, the 74th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade – one of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the country – will return on Thursday, November 23.
Between watching all the football, turkey trots, cooking up a storm – or feasting on Houston restaurants’ Thanksgiving Day specials – its imperative to partake in the time-honored tradition of the H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Join in among hundreds of thousands of Houstonians in Downtown, Houston, for one of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the US. Kicking off at 9 am, the parade will begin on the corner of Lamar and Smith Street in Downtown, Houston.
From which point a caravan of “elaborate floats, colorful marching bands, high-flying balloons and other uniquely Houston entries,” will traverse 20 city blocks in wholesome holiday entertainment.
The parade will finish at the corner of Dallas and Smith Street.
This year, organizers are introducing a regional mobility app from the Texas Department of Transportation. The app will allow participants the ability to discern the most accessible driving, carpool, and light routes to and from the parade.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will be the parade’s Grand Marshall this year alongside its two Co-Grand Marshalls – Rudy Tomjanovich and Calvin Murphy – both former Houston Rocket stars.
Parade features and performances will also include appearances from the following: Theatre Under The Stars, TSU Ocean of Soul, Arabia Shriners Hot Rod Unit, the H-E-B Cart, Houston Dance Tsunami, Houston Fire Department, Houston Public Library, Orbit, Santa, and more.
Visitors can opt to reserve a seat in the parade’s seated area. Admission to the area is priced at $28.25 (+ fees). There are no assigned seats. Ticket buyers must be in their seats by 8:15 am. Seating for the parade opens at 7 am. Be apprised, rain or shine, there are no refunds for this option.