In this year’s parade, the Chanukah celebratory units appear early on because Chanukah comes early this year, just after Thanksgiving. The parade is filled with gymnasts and tumblers, performing dogs, colorful Mexican, Peruvian, and Bolivian dancing groups, fire trucks, music, colorful inflatable characters, and ends with Christmas trees, reindeer, presents, elves, and Santa. Special performances include dances from The Nutcracker’s The Waltz of the Flowers by the Maryland Youth Ballet and Akhmedova Ballet’s choreographed interpretation of ice skating at the Silver Spring Rink.
Families in attendance will be able to socially distance themselves, as the parade route continues for a mile along Ellsworth Drive, to and along Georgia Avenue, ending at Spring Street. The best area for those seeking more personal space is Georgia Avenue, since Ellsworth Drive can become quite crowded. All attendees are encouraged to wear masks to keep the community, our neighbors, and our young people safe.More information about the parade can be found at: https://www.silverspringdowntown.com/montgomery-county-thanksgiving-parade.