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4 Parades to Attend Around Thanksgiving in Texas

Celebrate the start of the holiday season in Texas by attending one of these incredible parades that occur near Thanksgiving. With parades that happen before, on, and after Thanksgiving, there is an event on this list that is sure to fit into any busy holiday schedule. Full of unique floats and a joyful atmosphere, these parades are sure to get you into the holiday spirit this Thanksgiving.

Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade, Houston Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade
Credit: Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade by Special Events, City of Houston

Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade, Houston

The largest Thanksgiving Day parade that occurs in the Lone Star State happens in Houston. This Thanksgiving Day parade is a holiday tradition and has taken place every Thanksgiving for the past 70 years. Located in downtown Houston, this parade is free to attend. However, you can also purchase tickets for bleacher seating. Nearly 400,000 spectators line the streets to view the parade, and many more watch the parade broadcast live on television on Thanksgiving morning. Marching bands, cheerleading squads, massive floats and character balloons are all in attendance at the Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade in H-town.

Date: November 23rd, 2023
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Sun Bowl Thanksgiving Day Parade, El Paso Sun Bowl Thanksgiving Day Parade
Credit: Sun Bowl Thanksgiving Day Parade by Ivan Pierre Aguirre/Sun Bowl Association

Sun Bowl Thanksgiving Day Parade, El Paso

El Paso is home to the Sun Bowl Parade, which occurs every Thanksgiving morning. This community event is the largest event that occurs in West Texas. Nearly 250,000 spectators flock to El Paso every Thanksgiving morning to view the Sun Bowl Parade. This parade is named after the Sun Bowl, which is a football game that occurs in late December. The parade was created as a prelude to the game in 1936 but was moved to Thanksgiving Day in 1978. Attendees of the Sun Bowl Parade will enjoy a variety of floats, a marching band and other special appearances.

Date: November 29th, 2023
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Fort Worth Parade of Lights Fort Worth Parade of Lights
Credit: Fort Worth Parade of Lights by GM Financial Fort Worth Parade of Lights

Fort Worth Parade of Lights

This unique nighttime parade occurs the weekend before Thanksgiving. Since Thanksgiving Day and the weekend following are sometimes busy with family and shopping, this parade occurs at the perfect time for those with hectic Thanksgiving schedules. The parade features over 100 illuminated parade floats and balloons, making it a special sight to see in Fort Worth this holiday season. Purchase seats or simply view the parade from the free viewing areas. The Fort Worth Parade of Lights is a great way to get into the holiday spirit before the holidays arrive.

Date: November 19th, 2023
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Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony, San Antonio Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony
Credit: Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony by thesanantonioriverwalk.com

Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony, San Antonio

This unique parade occurs the day after Thanksgiving in San Antonio. The River Walk is transformed into a parade attraction, as floats actually float down the river. The Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony kicks off Christmas and the holiday season. View lighted riverboats with over 100,000 other spectators. This is also the time when the mayor of San Antonio turns the switch on to the holiday lights along the River Walk. Complete with live music, this river parade is a joyous celebration that is perfect for the whole family.

Date: November 24th, 2023
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