ROCKVILLE – County residents came together in downtown Silver Spring on Nov. 23 to welcome in the holiday season during the annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade.
People gathered throughout the parade route, starting on Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street before heading to Georgia Avenue and ending at Silver Spring Avenue.
The streets were filled with high school and college marching bands, Girl Scout troops, pageant winners, cheerleaders and floats of all kinds to entertain all the guests.
As the parade continued, the theme of the winter holidays surrounded the rest of the presentations with floats representation Frosty the Snowman, a bear playing with a Hanukkah dreidel and Santa Claus arriving with his sleigh with reindeer and elves alongside him.
Families visited Veterans Plaza to explore a constructed “corn maze” for free or took photos near the ice rink.
Several childhood favorites in their inflatable versions were on display so that children could interact with them during their photo session. Some of the characters include Thanksgiving turkeys, penguins and “Frozen’s” Elsa.
County Council President Nancy Navarro and County Executive Marc Elrich cut the ribbon to start the ceremony in front of the Ellsworth Place shopping mall entrance on Ellsworth Drive.
As they walked together in the parade route as part of the ceremony, other county and state officials joined residents to watch the festivities from the sidewalk.
Residents who were unable to attend the event can watch the parade during a rebroadcast presentation on NewsChannel 8 on Thanksgiving Day. Check your local listing for more information.