Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade


Thanksgiving Parade Marches in the Holiday Season

10am on November 21, Saturday before Thanksgiving

The reverberating drums of the marching bands herald the coming of the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade even before you catch site of the first giant inflatable turkey.  The line-up of over 100 parade units features an inflatable penguin and turkey, a massive dinosaur, a portable skating rink, and more colorful dancing groups than you have ever seen. 
Emcee ABC 7 Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff will introduce glittering floats, a wide variety of high school, college, and professional marching bands; beauty queens; clowns; fire engines; and performing dog and rescue animal groups.  As always, the Parade will end with Santa’s float playing holiday music and showing the smiling, rosy cheeked man in a red suit  who loves to hang out with elves and give out candy canes.
Taking place in Silver Spring the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 21 at 10am, the Annual Thanksgiving Parade steps off from Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and proceeds south on Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue.
The parade will be held rain or shine. 

Holiday Selfies

New this year on Veterans Plaza is a place to take your family holiday photos.  Right next to the ice rink, you can take your photo with “Frozen’s” inflatable Elsa, a 10-foot tall turkey, or with Hanukkah or Christmas décor.  Fabulous parade selfies marked with the hashtag #MoCoThanksParade will be broadcast on the screen at Ellsworth and Fenton on the parade route.


The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade is always looking for volunteers to be elves and pilgrims on floats, reindeer and penguins in the parade, or to lead balloons.  The parade needs volunteers, aged 13 and older, to dress up in costume and ride on the floats, to act as unit leaders, and to be inflatable and balloon handlers.  The hours for volunteers are from 7:30am to 1:30pm (volunteers need to be present the whole time) on Saturday, November 21.  Volunteers meet at the Silver Spring Civic Building at One Veterans Place at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street.

Parking Information - Town Center Garage on Ellsworth is CLOSED

The northbound lanes of Georgia Avenue, from East-West Highway to Colesville Road will close at 7 a.m. and re-open at the conclusion of the parade, about 1 p.m.

Free parking will be available in the public garages including the Wayne Avenue Garage, the Sligo Avenue Garage, the Cameron Street Garage, and the Bonifant Street Garage next to Metro. The Ellsworth Town Center garage is CLOSED that day. Parade goers are encouraged to take the Metro/Red Line to the Silver Spring station, just west of Georgia Ave., across from the Discovery building.


The Town Center public parking garage at Ellsworth Drive will close at 2 a.m. Saturday morning to accommodate the parade.




Broadcast live at 10am on NewsChannel 8, the parade will be aired again several times on Thanksgiving Day.



Silver Plaza
Ellsworth Dr


Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015