Featured Video: Riding in America’s Thanksgiving Parade

Get a rider's-eye view of what it's like to march through Detroit on horseback in one of America's longest-running parades.


Two Thanksgiving parades launched in 1924 and are still running today. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York is likely the most well known, but we’re going to give the edge to America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, Michigan. Why? Because Detroit’s celebration has horses.

In this video from last year’s parade, we get a rider’s view of what it’s like to ride with a team from Meadow Reflections Farm of Howell, Michigan. The riders are all mounted on American Saddlebreds decked out in silver parade tack and Christmas-themed accessories. As the parade route goes on, the crowds get bigger and the atmosphere more boisterous, but these equine pros have no trouble handling the task at hand.


According to a recent article from LivingstonDaily.com, the Meadow Reflections group will be back in the parade this year, led by the flashy pinto Paddyngton’s Mark of Distinction, called “Marcus” around the barn. Marcus is a champion in the parade division on the American Saddlebred show circuit, but is likely best known for his Breyer model, which was the 2014 Store Special at Breyerfest.

So if you need a break from the giant balloons in that New York parade, or from cooking, or from your family’s political arguing, tune into America’s Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday. A list of TV stations around the country that will be showing the parade is available at theparade.org.


  1. Awesome, always loved the horses in the parades! As a matter of fact, did a few parades myself back in the mid 70’s with my AQHQ horse Waggoners Bum, beautiful palomino all decked out in black and silver tack!

  2. So looking forward to watching the Thanksgiving Day Macy’s Parade, as that’s all I get on my TV channels. But it’s still horses!

  3. Well disappointed, didn’t see one horse in the Macey’s Day Parade yesterday! But then again, I wasn’t able to watch the entire parade!


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