H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrates “Houston on Parade” with a stellar showcase of the city’s finest attributes - from families, food, sports, the arts and entertainment adding a vibrant lift to this 66-year tradition.
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will be the Grand Marshall of Houston's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This annual tradition attracts spectators of all ages and has been a holiday institution since Houston’s first Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley’s.
The parade will wind through 20 blocks of downtown Houston beginning at Lamar and Smith heading northeast to Walker toward Milam, hosting the longest stretch of the celebration. The route continues west on Pease to Louisiana through to Clay and onto Smith for the final leg that will end at Dallas and Brazos.
Parking is available in the Theater District Parking Garage for a fee. METRO buses will be running on holiday schedule. Spectator access along the parade route is free and open to the public. Be sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets so you can enjoy the parade in comfort.
The 66th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade is produced by the Mayor's Office of Special Events, Susan Christian, Director and Parade Producer.