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What’s Happening: Thanksgiving Day in The District Detroit

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We’re lighting up Woodward Avenue for Thanksgiving Day, November 24, as Detroit gets ready to host two of the country’s longest running holiday season staples—America’s Thanksgiving Parade and the annual Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day game, both held right here in The District Detroit.

From the Big Head Corps to high school marching bands and floats as far as the eye can see, America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit is a sight to behold as thousands of people descend on Woodward Avenue to begin the holiday season. The parade steps off from Midtown at 8:50 a.m. and ends near Campus Martius by noon. Woodward Avenue runs through The District Detroit and parade revelers have made it part of their family’s holiday tradition for decades.

Football fans will also be flocking to The District Detroit on Thanksgiving Day to watch the Detroit Lions take on the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field in a showdown for the top spot in the NFC North. Along with the action on the field, Brush Street will become party central as fans, decked out in Honolulu Blue and Silver, fill the streets—celebrating and cheering on the home team before the game begins. Pride Plaza on Brush begins at 10:30 a.m.—a free pre-game event featuring games, music and food trucks. The event is held outside Ford Field near the intersection of Adams Avenue and Brush Street in the Wildcat Corner neighborhood.

The game begins at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are available here.

All along Woodward Avenue, we’re decorating lampposts and garden beds to bring in the holiday season. Come check out the Fox Theatre, decked out for the holidays, grab a bite at the newly-reopened Da Edoardo’s Foxtown Grille, new restaurants including The Rusted Crow or the Royce, take a seat at Hockeytown Café or enjoy any of the many nearby restaurants. We’re ready for some holiday fun in The District Detroit.

Thanksgiving also kicks off the holiday season at Fox Theatre. Check out all the amazing shows and events happening between now and Christmas at

A bit of history—The Detroit Lions have been playing home games on Thanksgiving Day since 1934 and America’s Thanksgiving Parade has been held on Woodward Avenue in Detroit since 1924.

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The District Detroit, located in the heart of downtown Detroit, is a dynamic mix of sports and entertainment venues, including six world-class theatres and three multi-use sports venues including the new Little Caesars Arena – home to the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions. The District Detroit will also feature residential, office and retail developments that connect these venues into one contiguous, walkable area, where families, sports fans, entrepreneurs, job seekers, entertainment lovers and others who crave a vibrant urban setting can connect with each other and the city they love.

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