Increased security at America's Thanksgiving parade

The Parade Company is rolling out the floats getting ready for America's Thanksgiving Parade.

It is one of the largest in the country and a holiday tradition for 89 years.

This year's parade promises to be just as spectacular as years past, but security will be a top concern.

The kicks off at 8:50 a.m. at Kirby and Woodward. For information on detours and routes, CLICK HERE.

Detroit police say all safety measures have been taken to ensure you have a safe time at the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"We're still at a heightened security state," said Steve Dolunt, assistant Detroit police chief. "We have the football game, the turkey trot and the parade. State federal and local agencies are helping us out.

"So you will see increased presence and there's things you won't see and there's a reason for that."

Dolunt says be vigilant, but don't let fear ruin your holiday.

"Don't let them win. don't let them change your lifestyle," he said.

Detroiters are taking that advice. FOX 2 caught a few at the corner of Huber and Mount Elliot for today's float rollout, a sneak peak to the parade.

One of the floats in this year's parade is Art Van celebrating 25 years, which includes three trailers. At the first trailer you have a huge dragon and take a look right behind me at this wizard.

Hometown star Tim Allen will be this year's grand marshal. And one more incentive to make your way downtown to enjoy the event.


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