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Houston Thanksgiving Parade 2022 – Participants
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, many nationally notable Houstonians, Santa Claus, marching bands, NEW floats, towering inflatables, community groups, and more will be participating in this year’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
A piece of even more exciting news is that 50 Cent has been named Grand Marshal of the Houston Thanksgiving Parade 2022! As Grand Marshal, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson will lead the celebration on the symbolic Tom Turkey, along with Mayor Turner and 2021 Grand Marshal Dr. Peter Hotez and representatives of H-E-B.
Known as one of the best-selling rappers in the world, 50 Cent is one of Houston’s newest residents. With his accomplishments, the mayor’s announcement of his Grand Marshal role made all of Houston even more excited for this year’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
Here’s a list of other key participants:
- Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band
- Waltrip HS Roaring Red Ram Band
- 323rd Army Band
- Apache Belles
- Astros Shooting Stars
- H-E-B Cart
- HPD Mounted Patrol
For a complete list of who you can see during the Houston Thanksgiving Parade 2022, check here.
Houston Thanksgiving Parade 2022 – Route, Map
According to Houston stories, when Santa landed at Union Station in 1949 and drove his sleigh to downtown Houston’s Foley’s department store, the city’s first-ever Thanksgiving Day Parade happened.
The Mayor’s Office of Special Events now puts on the yearly parade. It will start on Smith at Lamar, travel 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.
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Houston Thanksgiving Parade 2022 – Start time, reservations, and more!
The public is welcome to attend the 73rd H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade for FREE. If you wish to avail the premium, seated admission, you can purchase tickets online!
Seating opens at 7 am; organizers insist visitors must be seated by 8:15 am. Purchased tickets allow buyers to sit anywhere in the selected section.
Regardless, there will be plenty of curbside space along the route where you can set up your lawn chairs and blankets. Along the route, parking is conveniently located, and Metro buses will operate on a holiday schedule.
When: Thursday, November 24, 2022, at 9 am.
Where: heart of downtown Houston
How Much: $25 for seating area admission (+fees)
This year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Houston is quite special, as it is the official comeback of this tradition after 2 years. It was canceled in 2022 due to pandemic concerns, while the Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021 was canceled last minute due to unfavorable weather conditions.
However, this year’s Houston Thanksgiving Day parade 2022 will occur, rain or shine!
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