Friday, November 29, 2013

Detroit's Thanksgiving Parade--the tradition continues

Five months ago, I made the following observations in Detroit River fireworks show continues.
Last year, I commented on the possibility that there might not be a fireworks show this year.
Based on what I think motivates Americans to act and the presence of the Michigan State Police and Wayne County Sheriffs at the show, I'm sure that the fireworks and parade will continue. People want their entertainment, especially if it comes in the form of an annual civic ritual to celebrate the seasons, and messing with America's entertainment is the one guaranteed thing that will get Americans to act.
Speaking of events continuing next year, this year's Thanksgiving parade has already been scheduled.  Take that as evidence that, while Detroit may go into bankruptcy, the entertainment people demand will go on.
The parade went off as planned, as Nima Shaffe of WXYZ reports.

Yes, the entertainment people demand and expect went on, even as the city is in bankruptcy.

WXYZ doesn't even have the best report; WDIV does.  Here is an embed of the video from their site, along with a the highlights of the station's web article on the parade.

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DETROIT - All the fun and fanfare of America's Thanksgiving Parade filled Woodward Avenue Thursday.

Jim Leyland served as grand marshal of the iconic parade, which is in its 87th year.
Themed “Downtown Our Town,” the two-hour Parade was featured on WDIV-TV Local 4, including a one-hour national broadcast reaching more than 140 major cities across the country.
In addition, there is a viewership vote for for best marching band: 2013 Battle of the Bands.  As a former marching band judge, I suppose I should add my expert opinion to that of the masses.  Time to watch the videos.

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