Vintage shots of Detroit’s J.L. Hudson Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! (-:
- The first parade was held in 1924 as the J.L. Hudson Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- Tied with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, it is the second-oldest running Thanksgiving Parade in the United States (86 years). First place is held by the Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia (92 years).
- The parade was suspended from 1943-1944 because of World War II, but resumed in 1945.
- J.L. Hudson Company dropped their sponsorship of the parade in 1978.
- The parade boasts the world’s largest collection of paper mache heads.
- In 1990, a balloon of cartoon penguin, Chilly Willy managed to escape, landing 25 miles away in Lake St. Clair.
- You can schedule a tour of The Parade Company’s warehouse by calling (313) 923-8368!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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Detroit's Central Depot decks the (empty) halls
Christmas lights illuminate the facade of Detroit’s Michigan Central Depot, casting the long-vacant building in a new light. This is the second year the empty, 18-story depot, one of the city’s most recognizable eyesores, has been decorated with ornaments and lights. The idea for the display came from owner Matty Moroun and his family to spread holiday cheer, said Dan Stamper, president of the Detroit International Bridge Co., which owns the depot.
Do you perceive this as a sign of progress?