Houston H-E-B Thanksgiving Day parade

Although rain is within the forecast, Susan Christian, director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, mentioned rain will not cancel the parade, solely lightning will do this.

HOUSTON — Plans for Houston’s H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade moved full steam forward. 

It was the parade’s 73rd year, making it one of many oldest Thanksgiving Day parades within the nation.

This year, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson was the Grand Marshal and he packed a giant promise.

“This parade, this year, Houston, it’s going to be the biggest and the best,” Jackson mentioned. “You’ve got to come check me out.”

The parade featured balloons, 14 floats, marching bands and different leisure — together with a efficiency from Bun B.

Hundreds of 1000’s of individuals watched alongside the parade route, which began on the nook of Lamar and Smith streets and spans greater than 20 downtown blocks. 

Although rain was within the forecast Thanksgiving Day, Susan Christian, director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, mentioned the rain would not result in a cancelation, and it did not.

“We can do events in the rain,” Christian mentioned. “It’s really about the lightning. We can’t do anything when there’s lightning.”

Any strike inside a 10-mile radius would have led to a cancellation. That’s what occurred final year simply minutes earlier than the parade was set to start out. The year earlier than, in 2020, the parade was canceled resulting from COVID.

This is why everybody was holding a detailed eye on the forecast and hoping the climate cooperated and it did for probably the most half.

The parade was hosted by KHOU 11’s Ron Trevino and Great Day Houston’s Debra Duncan. You can watch it once more right here and on KHOU11+ on Roku and FireTV

Who was the Grand Marshal?

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson was the 73rd annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade grand marshal. 

The rapper and entrepreneur turned a Houston resident final year and has actually embraced what it means to be a Houstonian. He has donated quite a lot of time and money into fostering management abilities in Houston youth and he has given again to the group with turkey drives and extra. 

Dr. Peter Hotez, a well being professional with the Baylor College of Medicine who spent numerous hours guiding the nation by means of the COVID pandemic, might be a particular visitor on the parade. Hotez was final year’s grand marshal however did not get to steer the parade as a result of it acquired canceled resulting from climate. 

What we noticed?

There have been greater than a dozen floats and 20 high-flying balloons, together with Tom the turkey and Santa Claus. 

There have been additionally marching bands, performers and a particular efficiency from Houston rapper Bun B. 

How to look at it once more?

Watch the parade by means of downtown Houston once more without spending a dime on KHOU11+ on Roku and FireTV, right here on KHOU.com and on our YouTube channel.  

This year’s sponsors embrace HCA Houston Healthcare, Hyatt Regency, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Highland Village and naturally, KHOU 11.

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