November 4, 2021

County Thanksgiving Parade Ready to March on Saturday, Nov. 20, in Silver Spring

The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade will usher in the holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 20, in Downtown Silver Spring. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. with the thrilling sounds of marching bands, spinners with gold and orange hoops and streamers and Thanksgiving-themed costumes and units—as well as a 12-foot turkey. Brian van de Graaff, an ABC7 meteorologist, will return as the parade emcee.

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 and colorful inflatable characters. The parade’s big finish includes Christmas trees, reindeer, presents, elves. and Santa.

Special performances as part of the festivities will 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 will be able to socially distance themselves as the parade route stretches for a mile along Ellsworth Drive, to and along Georgia Avenue, and ends at Spring Street. The best area for those seeking more personal space is Georgia Avenue, since Ellsworth Drive can become quite crowded.

Individuals who are interested in participating in the parade (not as marching units) are encouraged to volunteer. The parade is always looking for volunteers to be snowmen, nutcrackers and penguins in the parade or to lead balloons. Volunteers ages 13 and older can dress up in costume, act as unit leaders or be balloon handlers. This year’s need for adult volunteers is particularly high, as the parade normally has many student volunteers, but those numbers have the potential to be lower due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The hours on parade day for volunteers are from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (volunteers need to be present during the entire time).

All attendees are encouraged to wear masks to keep themselves and fellow community members safe.

More information about the parade, including how to be a volunteer participant, can be found at Information also is available by calling MC311 at 3-1-1 (or 240-777-0311 if outside the County) Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.