Tens of thousands of people are expected to line Woodward Avenue in Detroit for the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade.
The parade started at 9 a.m. Thursday along Woodward at Kirby. Floats and marchers will travel about three miles south on Woodward to downtown Detroit.
The Detroit Free Press reports that the lineup includes 180 clowns, 25 floats and 13 marching bands.
The Parade Co. says in a release that members of the Distinguished Clown Corps welcomed travelers to the area on Wednesday. They distributed beads to people arriving at the airport in the Detroit suburb of Romulus.
The DCC, as the council of clowns is known, has been part of the downtown Detroit parade for 32 years. This year’s 180-member corps of costumed corporate and community leaders is led by Luther “Skip” Rosemond, a Detroit chiropractor and 2015 Distinguished Grand Jester.
Actor Tim Allen will serve as grand marshal.
A number of streets in the area will be closed to traffic during the event.