My grandson (Tamere, 5 years old) and I attended the Thanksgiving Day Parade along Woodward this year. It was just the two of us. Grandma and Grandson.
He was very excited, asking all kinds of questions, including, “Will Santa be there?” I told him that, “He certainly will be there, he is the last one in the parade.” This was a concern for him as he wanted to know, “Why does Santa have to be last?” I explained that Santa wants to make sure that all the people that want to see him will be there before he makes his appearance.
For a November day in Detroit, there was good weather for the parade, overcast but 50 degrees. So we left the El Moore at 8:45 AM and sauntered down Alexandrine to Cass, then over to Woodward and were right on time for the beginning of the parade. Not only on time, but up close and personal, receiving beads from the clowns and high fives and fist bumps from the parade participants. We marched with the bands and oooohed and ahhhhed over the giant balloons and floats.
Living at the El Moore, here in Midtown, presented a no muss, no fuss way to see the parade. We experienced no parking woes or overcrowding on the streets that occurs when you’re maneuvering downtown. A two-block walk. Easy peasy!
When Santa finally came, my grandson and all the kids and grown folks around us exploded into cheers and waves. “He’s here, Grandma!” my grandson exclaimed excitedly.
Priceless, on all counts.