America’s Thanksgiving Parade, Meadow Brook Holiday Tour … – Detroit Free Press

Voters have decided. Michigan is home to the best holiday parade in the country and the third-best holiday home tour.

USA Today, owned by Gannett —the same parent company as the Detroit Free Press— announced its 10Best Readers’ Choice 2022 winners Friday.

“A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote,” according to USA Today.

America’s Thanksgiving Parade named Best Holiday Parade in the country

For a third year, America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Gardner White won first place for Best Holiday Parade in USA Today’s 2022 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. The parade also received this award in 2018 and 2019.

“The parade itself is the heart and soul of our city. It’s viewed by a million people live on Woodward Avenue; the television audience is massive,” said Tony Michaels, President, and CEO of The Parade Co. “This is a 96-year tradition, a beloved tradition, that means so much to so many people, kids, families… And that’s why this means so much.”

This year, the crowd was larger than ever. Tens of thousands showed out to view the 26 large floats, marching bands, colorful balloons, clowns, dancers, papier-mache heads, and more.

The parade will only continue to grow, as preparation for next year has already begun.

“We started the Tuesday after (Thanksgiving),” Michaels said. “We innovate every year. We’re already working with current and new sponsors. We never ever stop.”

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Meadow Brook Hall named third Best Holiday Home Tour

Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills earned third place for Best Holiday Historic Home Tour in USA TODAY’s 10Best 2022 Readers’ Choice travel awards.

“The expert panel selected Meadow Brook Hall as Michigan’s only contender for Best Historic Home Tour from a pool of nearly two dozen historic house museums across the country,” states the release. “The award recognizes the Holidays at Meadow Brook events—Holiday Walk and Winter Wonder Lights.”

The National Historic Landmark was built between 1926 and 1929 by Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto pioneer John Dodge. 

The Holidays at Meadow Brook is available until Friday, Dec. 30. The self-guided, three-story, indoor tour of the historic mansion has more than 50 decorated trees and several themed displays. 

Tickets must be purchased online.

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