November 18, 2021

County Thanksgiving Parade Will Be Held Saturday, Nov. 20, in Downtown 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 sounds of marching bands, spinners with gold and orange hoops and streamers and Thanksgiving-themed costumes and units. The line of march also will include a 12-foot turkey. Brian van de Graaff, ABC7 meteorologist, will be returning 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 will be filled with gymnasts and tumblers; performing dogs; colorful Mexican, Peruvian and Bolivian dance groups; fire trucks; music; and colorful inflatable characters. It will conclude with Christmas trees, reindeer, presents, elves and Santa. Special performances will include dances from The Nutcracker’s “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, along Georgia Avenue and ends at Spring Street. Among the best areas 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 safe.

More information about the parade can be found at Information also can be obtained 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.