Parade officials are expecting more than 250,000 El Pasoans to line up along Montana avenue Thursday morning in anticipation of the seventy sixth annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, sponsored by FirstLight Federal Credit Union.

The event, which has been ranked #2 among the top 5 thanksgiving weekend activities in Texas, has been the most attended event in El Paso in over a decade. This year’s theme is Comic Book Super Heroes and Villains. Marvel Comics’ Iron Man, Spider-Man and Thor are this year’s grand marshals. “We are very excited for this year’s grand marshals,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “The kids have a lot of fun when we bring in characters and with the recent success of super hero films we thought adults would also appreciate the imagination of the float builders who are creating amazing floats for the parade.”

100 units have signed up to participate in the parade, including floats, giant helium balloons, and marching bands. The 2.7 mile route begins at 10 a.m. on Montana Avenue and Ochoa and ending at Copia. A live broadcast will be on KTSM-TV Channel 9. Review stands for spectators will be at First Baptist Church at 805 Montana. Tickets are available at the Sun Bowl Association Office, all Circle K Stores and FirstLight Federal Credit Union Branches for $5.00.

Parade History

This year will mark the seventy sixth year of the Thanksgiving Parade. The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935.  The parade was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978 when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day.  The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators.  The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the west Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area and brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.

Interactive Parade Map

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