If you missed the county’s annual Thanksgiving parade on Saturday, please enjoy some photos from the day.
Alternatively, you can watch the entire parade today in a rebroadcast on Newschannel 8 (recently renamed WJLA 24/7 News). Check listings for times.
(Top photo, Maryland Youth Ballet performs a bit of The Nutcracker to open the parade. All photos by Mike Diegel. Click to enlarge.)
Visitors could take photos with holiday-themed props before or during the parade.
New this year: Champion twirler Laney Puhalla.
The official parade turkey sponsored by the Silver Spring Urban District.
Happy Thanksgiving float.
Happy Hanukkah balloon.
Del. David Moon (in dark coat) and the District 20 team riding by.
Councilmember-elect Evan Glass (right), his husband Jason Gedeik, and Percy, one of their two beagles.
The Potomac Classic Thunderbird Club.
Bolivian dancers from Caporales San Simon Virginia USA .
Representatives of Ms. and Junior Miss Wheelchair Maryland (and the penguin following along).
Roaring Bengals Marching Band from James Hubert Blake High School.
The Maryland Youth Ballet float.
Cub Scout Pack 248, one of many scout troops (boys and girls) in the parade.
The Hanukkah Bear is holding a dreidel.
The Springbrook High School Marching Band and dance team.
The Princess Mhoon Dance Institute performed for the cameras.
The Akhmedova Ballet Academy float.
One of the dogs with the Greenbelt Dog & Handler Marching Drill Team.
Gingerbread float from Patient First.
T-Recs, the mascot of Montgomery County Recreation.
Woody the Tree and Otus the Owl from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery Parks.
Representatives from the Silver Spring Ice Skating at Veterans Plaza.
Councilmember-elect Will Jawando (blue suit) is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and their alumni invited him to walk with them (he didn’t, having walked with his team earlier in the parade).
Peruvian dancing group Arequipa Para El Mundo.
This Toyland float is new this year and sponsored by the Silver Spring Regional Center, Urban District, and Arts and Entertainment District.
John F. Kennedy High School Marching Cavaliers and flag corps.
Another new entry, from Tru-B-Loons and Party Decor.
They used more than 4,000 balloons for their designs.
And of course, Santa closed the parade.
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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.