houston thanksgiving day parade

For 71 years, the Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a Houston tradition, drawing crowds of locals eager to enjoy all the festivities, including gorgeous floats, marching bands, live entertainment, and more. But due to concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the city announced Monday that the 2020 H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade would not take place this year.

“Due to COVID-19, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events will not produce the 2020 H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade, the first cancellation in the event’s 71-year history. While this year’s parade will go dark, we are thankful for all that Houston has to offer and look forward to planning a spectacular 2021 parade,” city officials said in a statement.

While this year’s parade won’t take place, the city plans to instead host a food drive at the NRG yellow parking lot (located on Main between Murworth and McNee) this weekend to distribute Thanksgiving meals to families in need.

“In lieu of this year’s parade, we will instead host the H-E-B Family Thanksgiving Distribution on Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., or until product has been depleted. The distribution will include groceries for preparing your own Thanksgiving Feast! Only one per car,” city reps stated.

You can see the full details of the H-E-B Family Thanksgiving Distribution event on the flyer below.

houston thanksgiving food drive

The city is still looking for volunteers to help with distributing groceries to those in need at this Saturday’s event. Volunteers will be provided with breakfast and lunch. You can click here to learn more.