Thanksgiving Parade in Silver Spring Kicks Off Holiday Season

The holiday season is starting and the area’s only Thanksgiving parade was held Saturday.

Attendees at the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade in downtown Silver Spring watched marching bands, floats and dancers make their way down Ellsworth Drive and Georgia Avenue.

It is the only Thanksgiving parade in the Washington, D.C.-metro area, according to the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District.

“Compared to last year the weather is amazing,” said Fathiha Sheriff, a member of the James Hubert Blake High School color guard, which performed with the school’s marching band during the parade.

“It’s really fun being able to see a bunch of these people, to see all the young faces full of joy.”

“It’s great to see everybody come out,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “It’s been a big parade in Silver Spring for a long time and we keep getting people coming out to see it, and you got a lot of people participating in it, so it’s a really nice event.”

“The crowd was amazing,” said Alicia Sandi, a dancer in the parade with nonprofit dance organization Caporales San Simón Virginia USA.

“Just dancing with all the people, all my friends, family — just a good experience,” said Emily Loza, also a dancer with the organization.

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