Huge crowds gather for Thanksgiving Day parade in downtown Houston


The parade began at 9am on Thanksgiving morning at Smith and Lamar and ended at 11am on Smith and Dallas.

Many Houstonians braved the cold weather to watch today's parade. More than 15 floats were featured in the parade this year, along with 11 high flying balloons, marching bands and costumed characters.

<> The Thanksgiving Day parade was originally cancelled by the city this year due to lack of funds, but corporate sponsors came through to make the event happen.

Street closures for the Thanksgiving Day Parade Wednesday, November 27, 2013

  • Heiner from Allen Pkwy (service road) to W. Dallas (east and west curb lanes) at 6:00am
  • McKinney from Bagby to Smith ( 2 south side lanes) at 9:00am
  • Lamar from Smith to Bagby ( 2 north side lanes) at 9:00 am
  • McKinney from Bagby to Louisiana (all lanes) at 1:00pm
  • Brazos from Dallas to Lamar (all lanes) at 2:00pm
  • Lamar from Louisiana to Bagby (all lanes) at 6:00pm
  • Smith from Walker to Lamar ( all lanes) at 6:00pm
  • Thursday, November 28, 2013

    Parade staging from 6:00am-12:00 noon:

  • Allen Pkwy (inbound) from Taft to Bagby Street;
  • Allen Pkwy (service road) from Taft to Heiner
  • Sabine Street (south bound) from Memorial Drive to Allen Parkway;
  • Bagby Street (north bound) from Dallas to McKinney;
  • Bagby Street (south bound) from Walker to Clay
  • Heiner Street from Allen Pkwy (service road) to W. Dallas Street
  • Brazos (north and south bound) from Dallas to Lamar
  • Lamar from Louisiana to outbound Allen Pkwy at I-45 overpass
  • Parade route from 7:00 AM – 12:00 noon:

    Parade begins at 9:00am

  • Smith Street from Lamar to Walker Street;
  • Walker Street from Smith to Milam;
  • Milam Street from Walker to Pease Street;
  • Pease Street from Milam to Louisiana Street;
  • Louisiana Street from Pease to Clay Street;
  • Clay from Louisiana to Smith;
  • Smith from Clay to Dallas; / Parade concludes on Smith at Dallas

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