America's Thanksgiving Parade from Broderick Tower

A very Detroit Thanksgiving

This year I have much to be thankful for, and you can bet Broderick Tower made that list. Experiencing Thanksgiving in downtown Detroit was an experience unlike any other.

I started the morning off early by participating in the 30th annual Fifth Third Bank Turkey Trot along with over 22,000 other people. I’m not much of a runner but this race is awesome. It’s fun, people wear crazy costumes and it makes you feel a little less guilty about overeating at dinner. Sure, the crowds slowed things down a bit, but our group had a great time and I think that’s what matters most. Not to mention the entry fees raised more than $200,000 for the Parade Company, according to the Detroit Free Press. (Note: If you participated in this year’s Turkey Trot you can check your race results here).

After crossing the finish line, my family hopped on the PeopleMover for a quick ride back to Broderick for a pancake breakfast hosted by yours truly. I had picked up some groceries at the recently opened Ye Old Butcher Shoppe in Midtown earlier this week and was ready to cook up a breakfast storm in my new kitchen. We filled up on pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs and mimosas while watching America’s Thanksgiving Parade from the comfort of my apartment. For years we have watched the parade on television, but nothing beats the spectacular bird’s eye view of the floats making their way down Woodward that you can get at Broderick Tower.

Throughout the morning flocks of Detroit Lions fans began making their way to Ford Field for what we all hoped would be another reason to celebrate. Though I didn’t have tickets to the game, I could hear the cheers (and sighs) of crowds from my window — which I had opened to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather in Detroit.

Overall, my first Detroit Thanksgiving was a great success. What was your downtown Turkey Day like? Did you watch the parade or run in the turkey trot? Share your experience in the comments below.

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  1. snycek

    Very cool views of woodward/parade from your place. How was Ye olde Butcher Shoppe? How comparable to a ‘regular’ grocery store is it?

  2. AngelaH

    @Snycek – Thanks! Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe is very cool. I’m planning to do an upcoming post about it but it’s a great store. It’s not Walmart pricing but it’s worth it for the convenience/location and the higher-end brand choices they have.

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