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I believe my family has been doing this for four years already, one year is documented on City Mitten already and this year’s is being documented now. The night before Thanksgiving all the floats for the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade are lined up on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit ready to go. They block off the streets to cars but smart people like ourselves are free to park around the corner late at night and go for a stroll and say hi to all the floats from last year as well as the new floats added as well.

Above is my sister Emily and I. It got really cold for some reason this year and we were not wearing gloves so I think we are lucky to still be in possession of all of our fingers. All for the sake of the floats. And the photos, of course.

This is a new thing. The caterpillar is there every year but usually he is reading a hardcover book. This year – not so. A laptop! Times are changing! He still hasn’t gotten Lasik eye surgery yet though…

And here’s another new float! This one promoting recycling. As you can see, Emily is a big help. Nice work, Emily – let’s keep our environment clean!

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. I got back to New York yesterday and have plenty of things to post about from my trip to Michigan. Stay tuned!

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Besides the Wednesday before Thanksgiving being the biggest bar night of the year, it’s also the night when the parade people put all the floats on Woodward Avenue for the next morning’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit.

So after going to the bar, my momma picked my friend Nora and I up (yep, that’s right, drink responsibly!) and my aunt and cousin were in the car and we all drove to downtown Detroit. My friend and I were yabbing the entire way there, I remember that. We tried to convince my cousin that Michigan State University is a wayyy better option than Central Michigan (um, obviously?) and I remember all our reasons were ridiculous (I’m pretty sure I brought up Puffin’s Bakery and Urban Outfitters).

Anyway, we finally got there and just like last year, all the floats were just sitting there, all lined up in a row. Last year there were some police officers trolling around as security and this time there were a few trucks nearby keeping watch, making sure nobody did anything stupid to wreck the floats before their big day.

My friend Nora got yelled at for doing this:

“GET OFF THE FLOAT!” A strange voice yelled. So then she decided to play nice:

My mom played with Curious George:

And look, a panda driving a seal!

And of course, the reindeer practicing for their run around the world on Christmas Day. Nora wanted to climb on top of them (who am I kidding, so did I) and while it did look partially feasible, it also partially looked like a near-death experience as well.

It might have been awesome if there was no one around, but we had already been yelled at once by a truck man so it was probably a good idea we didn’t try something stupid again.

Anyway, it was fun and it was freezing. I think we might have fallen asleep in the car on the way home.

One final point. Has anyone ever been to The Whitney? I remember people talking about it a lot during homecoming season in high school, but I completely forgot about it until we found ourselves in front while walking along the floats. There was a party going on and I was getting curiouser and curiouser as the people standing outside stared at us, probably wondering what we were doing. The place is cool from the outside, at least:

Yeah, Detroit.

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