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Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade Celebrates 20 Years on November 18

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade, televised live from downtown Silver Spring, celebrates its 20th anniversary on November 18, the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  The only Thanksgiving parade in the area, it features over 140 marching units, including marching bands, musical groups, floats, and inflatables.  Stepping off at 10 a.m., the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade route goes from Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring, south on Georgia Avenue to Silver Spring Avenue.


The parade began in 1997, when Silver Spring was experiencing its revitalization.  Susan Hoffmann, then marketing manager of the Silver Spring Regional Center, suggested a holiday parade to engage the community and enliven activity in downtown Silver Spring.  It is a tradition that still goes strong, attracting approximately 15,000 people each year.


“Ike Leggett and Montgomery County have always been very supportive of events which build community and help boost the economic impact of our County,” said Hoffmann, who is now the marketing manager for Montgomery County Recreation.


ABC7 Meteorologist Brian Van de Graaff and ABC7 traffic reporter Julie Wright will return to emcee the parade. Parade units will consist of college and high school marching bands, glittering Thanksgiving and Christmas floats, theatrical performances, culturally-diverse musical groups, the 12-foot inflatable turkey parade logo, a 12-foot penguin, motorcycles and horse-mounted police, the Montgomery County Recreation “T-Recs” 12-foot dinosaur, beauty queens, fire engines, antique cars, performing dogs and rescue animal groups, clowns and so much more.  As always, the Parade will culminate with Santa’s float playing holiday music and featuring the smiling, rosy-cheeked elf, tossing candy canes to the eager crowd.


The parade will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 240.777.0311 or visit


Holiday Family Photos and Selfies

This year at Veterans Plaza, the parade offers a place to take your family holiday photos.  Right next to the ice rink, you can take your photo with inflatable turkeys, penguins, “Frozen’s” Elsa, or with Hanukkah or Christmas décor.  All parade selfies marked with the hashtag #MoCoThanksParade will be broadcast on the jumbotron at Ellsworth and Fenton along the parade route.



The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade is always looking for volunteers to be elves and pilgrims, reindeer and penguins in the parade.  The parade needs volunteers, aged 13 and older, to dress up in costume, to serve as unit leaders, and to be inflatable and balloon handlers.  The hours for volunteers are from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (volunteers need to be present the entire six hours) on Saturday, November 18.  Volunteers can register on the parade site at:


Parking and Road Closure Information

The northbound lanes of Georgia Avenue, from East-West Highway to Colesville Road will close at 7 a.m. and re-open at the conclusion of the parade, about 1 p.m.


Free parking will be available in the public garages including the Wayne Avenue Garage, the Sligo Avenue Garage, the Cameron Street Garage, and the Bonifant Street Garage next to Metro. The Town Center garage on Ellsworth is CLOSED that day. Parade goers are encouraged to take the Metro/Red Line to the Silver Spring station, just west of Georgia Avenue, across from the Discovery building.


The Town Center public parking garage on Ellsworth Drive will close at 2 a.m. Saturday morning to accommodate the parade.


Broadcast live at 10 a.m. on NewsChannel 8, the parade will be aired again several times on Thanksgiving Day.


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Media Contact: Elizabeth Gallauresi, 301.793.2928

                            Susan Hoffmann, 240.777.6962




Release ID: 17-439
Media Contact: Elizabeth Gallauresi 301.793.2928