This Thanksgiving, Detroit will celebrate the 90th anniversary of its annual Thanksgiving parade. Ford has been a long-time supporter of this parade and this year will be bringing a float, which it calls Mobility One, along with more than 40 F-Series trucks, Explorers, and Mustangs.
In addition to participating in the parade, Ford is extending its sponsorship with The Parade Company for another three years. This is the group that produces both the Thanksgiving Day Parade and the annual Ford Fireworks.
Ford’s Mobility One flat measures more than 90 feet long. It features a timeline of Ford’s history, including Henry Ford and the Model T, all the way up to today’s digital age and autonomous vehicles.
Riding on the float will be eight-time Olympic swimming medalist Allison Schmitt, who is a native of Canton, Michigan. Allison’s mother along with three of her sisters currently work at Ford and her father retired from the company.
Detroit’s Thanksgiving parade is one of the longest-running parades in the country. The parade route travels nearly three miles and starts at Woodward Avenue and Kirby Street. It will feature marching bands, floats, celebrities, and, of course, the grand finale of Santa himself.
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