HOUSTON - Houston's 73rd Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade is highly anticipated, so we've got you covered with everything you'll need to know to prepare for it.
The parade is Thursday, November 24 at 9 a.m. when businesses in the downtown Houston area will come alive with colorful, high-flying balloons, elaborate floats, and marching bands.
Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the Mayor’s Office of Special Events is working closely with the Office of Emergency Management and the Unified Command to monitor the weather and will continue to watch the forecast overnight.
The mayor says the H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade will roll as scheduled in light rain if conditions remain safe. Please continue to monitor local news for any weather updates.
"We are ready for the parade to go on and prepared to provide Houstonians a great show. That said, the safety of our participants and patrons is our number one priority," said Susan Christian, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events and parade producer.
It's one of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the country, with several hundred thousand Houstonians lining the streets of downtown to cheer on participants. This year will be increasingly special, as music mogul and recently moved Houston resident, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson will serve as Grand Marshal.
The event will include a performance by local rapper Bun B, who made history at the 2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with his H-Town Takeover. Theatre Under the Stars’ Mary Poppins will also perform along with the iconic Apache Belles who are celebrating their 75th anniversary and 26 years of participating in the parade.
The parade will traverse more than 20 city blocks from Lamar St. and circle through to Walker St. and conclude at Dallas St. Volunteers are still needed, but the last mandatory training session will be held Monday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.