WASHINGTON, November 21, 2013 — On Saturday, Montgomery County will host its annual parade, marking the 16th anniversary of the event. The parade will commemorate Thanksgiving, and take place in downtown Silver Spring.
Parade organizers advertise the event with specific details, “The local holiday season officially gets underway on Saturday, November 23 when the 16th Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade steps off at 10 a.m. from Ellsworth Dr. and Fenton St. in Downtown Silver Spring. Traveling the same route as last year, the parade will proceed south on Georgia Ave., ending at Silver Spring Ave.”
The parade will be shown live and then rebroadcast on local TV on Thanksgiving Day, appearing on News Channel 8.
Noted local television personality, Brian van de Graaff, will return to serve as the master of ceremonies. Van de Graaf is best known for his work as the meteorologist on ABC News 7.
“With the Washington Redskins Marching Band and over 20 other bands and Latin dancing groups, floats, giant characters and balloons, and over 120 units, the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade is the only Thanksgiving Parade in the metro DC area” said Montgomery County officials in a statement last year.
“The parade line-up begins with pilgrims, turkeys, and Thanksgiving floats and ends with the ever popular elves, reindeer, and the man front the North Pole, Santa Claus! Emcee ABC 7 Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff will introduce glittering floats, horses, a wide variety of marching bands including Bowie State’s band, The Washington Nationals Baseball Club, dancing groups, beauty queens, clowns, fire engines, and rescue animal groups like the majestic Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue and the Humane Society.”
Last year’s parade also featured live performances by local theaters, including a re-enactment of a fight scene from “Young Robin Hood” by Round House Theaters. 120 parade units were featured in the 2012 parade, and an equal or greater amount are expected this year.
Safety will be a primary concern at this year’s parade. To help develop its focus on pedestrian safety, convention organizers utilized Montgomery County’s Pedestrian Safety Volunteers – the “Protectores del Camino” and “SWAG Team” – along with Montgomery County Fire Rescue as part of the parade to raise awareness.
According to the County, “400 pedestrians are struck by vehicles each year in Montgomery County, and this time of year is the most dangerous for pedestrians since there are so many dark hours per day.”