(WLUK) — Thanksgiving Day parades are a tradition across the United States, but a northeastern Wisconsin parade you won’t see on TV has been named one of the nation’s “most beloved Thanksgiving events.” country in a recent survey.
The Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade in Door County ranked 58th on the list of the top 80 Thanksgiving traditions in the U.S. Mixbook surveyed 3,000 Americans to come up with the list.
Located along Lake Michigan, this parade draws residents and visitors alike to celebrate the holiday in quintessential Midwest style. As spectators line the parade route, they enjoy an enchanting procession of creatively decorated floats, local school bands, and community organizations marching with pride. What sets this parade apart is its welcoming and friendly atmosphere, where everyone feels like neighbors. The Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade often features appearances by Santa Claus, marking the official start of the Christmas season and bringing joy to children and families. The parade is usually followed by a community gathering, where attendees can warm up with hot chocolate and savor seasonal treats.
This year’s Jacksonport parade will be the 27th annual. Protesters can line up starting at 9:30 a.m. and the parade will begin at 10:30 a.m.
The only other Wisconsin tradition listed is the Milwaukee Turkey Trot.
Just west of the Badger State, Black Friday shopping at Minnesota’s Mall of America ranked fifth.
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First place went to the 6abc Dunkin’ Parade in Philadelphia. Number two was the American Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, followed by the Ameren Thanksgiving Parade in St. Louis.
Interestingly, the most famous Thanksgiving tradition, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, failed to crack the top 10 in the survey. He ranked 13th in the survey.