Queue up for the 66th annual Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving Day Parade | Photo courtesy of the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Special Events

Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday as the Houston Thanksgiving Parade winds through Downtown Houston on Thursday, November 26, 2015 starting at 9am.

Now in its third year under the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, Houston’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a spirited showcase of sensational floats, high-flying balloons, marching bands, artistic entries and live entertainment.

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will serve as grand marshall and join Mayor Annise Parker to usher in Houston’s 2015 holiday season. Of course, Santa Claus himself will make a showing to close out the parade.

There is no reserved seating or bleachers, but people are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs and stake out spots along the parade route at no charge.

Food trucks and vendors will be set up at select locations throughout the route.

Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade Route

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Click to expand parade route map | Courtesy of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events

The Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015 route begins at the intersection of Smith and Lamar along Wells Fargo Plaza. It will travel northeast up Smith Street and pass in front of City Hall and Hermann Square Park before turning right on Walker Street. It will travel two blocks to Milam Street and turn right. The parade will proceed southwest down Milam Street for eight blocks and turn right onto Pease Street. After one block, the parade will turn right onto Louisiana Street and travel northwest for three more blocks. It will turn left on Clay Street and then right on Smith Street where it will conclude at Dallas Street.

66th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade 

  • Date: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2015
  • Time: 9am to noon
  • Location: Along the parade route in Downtown Houston (see above)
  • Parking: Free parking is available on the Downtown streets near the parade route. Parking is also available for a fee in the Theater District Parking Garage.
  • Admission: Free