Line the street for Houston’s 67th Thanksgiving Parade in Downtown

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

Look to the sky and keep the holiday tradition alive at the 67th annual Thanksgiving Parade in Downtown Houston on Thursday, November 24, 2016.

Take in a stunning showcase of sensational floats, high-flying balloons, marching bands, artistic entries, and live entertainment, this Thanksgiving at the 67-year-old holiday event, showcasing the Houston community.

Beginning in 1949 when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the Downtown Foley’s, the Thanksgiving Day parade has gone through a few changes but to this day remains an annual mainstay, entertaining parade-goers lining the streets each year on Thanksgiving morning.

Parade Route

The parade will begin at 9am on Smith at Lamar, head north to Walker, east to Milam, south to Pease, west to Louisiana, north to Clay, west to Smith, and north to end at Smith and Dallas.

Food trucks and vendors will be available along the parade route for those working up an appetite spectating.

Parade route map courtesy of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events


Parking is available in SP+ parking lots and in in the Theater District parking garage for a fee. Metro buses will also be running but on their holiday schedule.

Spectator access along the parade route is free and open to the public, but be sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets so you can enjoy the parade in comfort.

67th Annual Houston Thanksgiving Parade in Downtown