Thousands in sunny Detroit for Thanksgiving parade

November 23, 2012 • Entertainment

Captain Underpants is pulled by balloon handlers during the 86th American Thanksgiving Parade, Thursday Nov. 22, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Sam Licari)

DETROIT (AP) — Thousands of people made the most of the mild, sunny fall weather to watch Detroit’s Thanksgiving parade, hours ahead of the Lions’ annual home football game.

Floats and marching bands poured down Woodward Avenue on Thursday morning, with many spectators forgoing the cold-weather gear of past parades. Detroit’s temperature hit 52 degrees at 11 a.m., with a warm wind blowing from the south.

The Troy Athens High School band entertained watchers, performing an international version of “Jingle Bells.”

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