The county is looking for volunteers to assist with various aspects of the annual Thanksgiving parade this Saturday, Nov. 23.

Volunteers must be at least 13 or older and plan to meet at the civic building, then expect to remain at the parade site from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Opportunities include dressing up in costumes as elves or pilgrims to ride on floats, as penguins or reindeer to walk in the parade, to walk along and handle balloons and other inflatables, or act as unit leaders.

The parade will start at 10 a.m., rain or shine, at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring, then turn south on Georgia Avenue to end at Silver Spring Avenue. Once again, it will broadcast live on NewsChannel 8 and be shown several times in reruns on Thanksgiving Day.

Students of Akhmedova Ballet Academy, Princess Mhoon Dance Institute, and the Maryland Youth Ballet will perform during the parade, and be joined by fourteen marching bands including college, local high school, honor guard bands and internationally themed bands.

In all, more than 100 units are expected to participate on Saturday.

Volunteers can sign up for the parade here.

In addition, attendees can enter an online raffle to win tickets for seating (up to five people) in the grandstand.

Other information about the event, including road closures, parking and more, is available here.

Photo from 2018 parade by Mike Diegel

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
County Seeks Volunteers to Participate in Thanksgiving Parade

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