Houstonians will celebrate the official start of the holiday season with the 69th annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade Nov. 22 in downtown Houston. NBA and MLB MVPs Jose Altuve from the Houston Astros and James Harden from the Houston Rockets will join Mayor Sylvester Turner in leading this year’s parade.
“The annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade continues to be an iconic tradition here in the city of Houston,” Turner said in a statement. “It is a great honor to be able to host such an incredible event thanks to our generous sponsors and to be able to partner with two of Houston’s brightest sports stars ever.”
According to the city of Houston, the parade first began in 1949 when the famous Santa Claus float traveled from Union Station to the downtown Foley’s department store.
Here’s everything residents need to know if they are headed downtown to take in the sights.
What time does it start?
The parade starts at 9 a.m.
How much does it cost?
While the parade is free to attend, a limited number of seats are available to reserve at the parade’s starting line for $28 on a first come, first served basis. Find tickets here.
Seating for the parade opens at 7 a.m. and attendees must be seated by 8:15 a.m.
Who will be performing?
In addition to 19 balloons and 16 floats, this year’s parade will feature performances from the Prairie View A&M’s Marching Storm, country singer Will Carter and a performance of “Be Our Guest” from the Theatre Under the Stars’ current show, “Beauty & The Beast.”
Where can I watch?
The parade begins and ends at Lamar and Smith Streets. For the full parade route, click here.
Will there be road closures?
Road closures in the downtown area will begin at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. For more information on closures, click here.
What can I bring?
Attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets as well as strollers, wagons and wheelchairs.
Can I see it on TV?
The parade will be broadcast live on Houston’s CBS affiliate, KHOU11.