Grand Prix Final schedule

Senior Grand Prix Final live streaming times

The following are the icenetwork.com live broadcast times for the Senior Grand Prix Final. All times Eastern.

Friday, Dec. 10

4:15 a.m.: Senior short dance
5:25 a.m.: Senior men's short program
6:30 a.m.: Senior ladies s
hort program
7:35 a.m.: Senior pairs short program

Saturday, Dec. 11
3:55 a.m.: Senior men's free skate
5:10 a.m.: Senior ladies free skate
6:20 a.m.: Senior free dance
7:40 a.m.: Senior pairs free skate

Detroit News Thanksgiving Parade article


Our 84th Thanksgiving Day parade is ready to roll

Event features 29 floats, celebrities, bands, fun runs and lots more on Thursday

URSULA WATSON
The Detroit News

For thousands of Metro Detroiters, America's Thanksgiving Parade is just as much a tradition as gobbling up a hearty, tryptophan-laden dinner. On Thursday morning, throngs of parade-goers will line Woodward Avenue between Mack and Congress to see grand, colorful floats, local and national celebrities and Santa Claus.

Live coverage of the two-hour parade will air on WDIV-TV (Channel 4) and be heard on 760-AM (WJR). Sixty-five million viewers will watch the first hour of the America's Thanksgiving Parade when it's broadcasted nationally.

This year's co-grand marshals are radio personality Dick Purtan and Anthony Earley Jr., DTE Energy executive chairman of the board.

The recently retired Purtan who spent 14 of his 45 years on the air on 104.3-FM (WOMC), calls the parade a top-notch event. And the National Radio Hall of Famer does have some insight, after all. He racked up 10 years as the parade's master of ceremonies.

"This is not a B or C class parade, it's first class," Purtan says. "From the floats to costumes, it is major league."

Michigan stars join fun

America's Thanksgiving Parade offers plenty of star power, many of them Michigan natives, with appearances from "One Tree Hill" actress Jana Kramer, R&B singer/songwriter Dwele and 2010 Winter Olympic silver medalists/ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

This will be the first parade appearance from Davis, who's from West Bloomfield, and she says she's looking forward to the experience.

"The whole thing is a pretty big deal," Davis says. "You look at the floats, company sponsors, the people who participate, it is quite a process."

Also scheduled to appear are rapper/D.J. Biz Markie, a regular on the Nick Jr. children's program "Yo Gabba Gabba!," and "Days of Our Lives" star Deidre Hall.

And, as in previous parades, Santa Claus, the biggest star of all, will make a stop. But this year there will be a twist, says Grand Marshall Earley.

"It is an improved Santa moment where he will receive the key to the city (of Detroit)," Earley says. But instead of Santa getting off his sleigh float to receive the key at WDIV's TV Zone, where he normally stops, Earley explains, Santa will keep moving to Campus Martius at the end of the parade route.

"This way no one gets cheated on the Santa-moment," Earley says.

See new floats, old favorites

While it seems almost impossible to come up with new stuff for an 84-year-old parade, it miraculously happens.

This year will feature 29 floats, four of which are new. Also, Mrs. Claus will get in on the fun at the Parade Plaza, open 7 a.m. to noon. Parade Plaza is a new heated tented area at Grand Circus Park that will offer parade-goers sanctuary from the cold.

There, families can enjoy free giveaways, meet parade characters and either drop off their holiday wish lists for Santa or compose them on the spot and leave them in the capable hands of Mrs. Claus.

Or folks can cross-off items on their gift lists while at "Clownie's Closet" and purchase official 2010 parade merchandise. All proceeds benefit The Parade Company, the nonprofit organization that produces America's Thanksgiving Parade, and the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation.

While there is plenty of new at the parade, old favorites will return as well.

At the "parade before the parade," the 28th annual Fifth Third Turkey Trot, folks can warm up for the 10k run at the 8th Annual Mashed Potato Mile, which is a great event for children. Lastly, there is the 5th annual S3 (Strategic Staffing Solutions) Stuffing Strut 5k run. Proceeds from those pre-parade events benefit The Parade Company.

If Thursday's events don't fill you up, get more Thanksgiving cheer in your life at "A Day in Paradeland" on Saturday. In addition to games, arts and crafts and treats, get a close-up look at the parade floats and mingle with Santa Claus.

America's Thanksgiving Parade

9:20 a.m. Thursday

Woodward Avenue, between Mack Avenue and Congress, Detroit Tickets free; grandstand seats are sold outCall (313) 923-7400 Visit www.theparade.org

28th annual Fifth Third Turkey Trot

7:30 a.m. Thursday

Registration fee: $40 for the Turkey Trot and the Stuffing Strut; $20 for the Mashed Potato Mile; additional donations can be made during registration to The Parade Company and the Special Olympics of Michigan Participants can register online or on race day at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., DetroitCall (313) 247-4149For walk and run maps, visit www.theparade.org To be of additional help, bring canned goods for Gleaners Food Bank of Michigan

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October 8, 2010

Olympians top Thanksgiving parade lineup

FREE PRESS STAFF

The Parade Co. announced this morning the lineup of celebrities for this year’s America’s Thanksgiving Parade in downtown Detroit.

Among them are:

• Jana Kramer – Actress from "One Tree Hill" and a Rochester native

• Dwele – Songwriter/musician and a Detroit native

Meryl Davis and Charlie White – 2010 Vancouver Olympic silver medalists in the ice dancing competition

• Seth Wescott – 2010 Vancouver Olympic gold medalist in men’s snowboard cross

• Thomas Finchum – 2008 Beijing Olympic synchronized diver

• Peter Vanderkaay - 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medalist in the men’s 800m freestyle relay

• Ricky Berens – 2008 Beijing Olympic Games gold medalist in the men’s 800m freestyle relay

• Gretchen Rossi – Reality TV personality from “Real Housewives of Orange County”

• Biz Markie – Entertainer, DJ, hip-hop recording artist and regular on hit kids’ show “Yo Gabba Gabba!”

• And from the North Pole – Santa Claus

“The Parade Company is committed to bringing people together and creating smiles year after year,” said Tony Michaels, president and CEO of the Parade Co.

“What better way than with this year’s parade theme, ‘Celebrate the Spirit.’ Together we will celebrate all of our achievements, including those of our Olympic athletes, all of our generosity, all that we are thankful for and the magic that is created during this most cherished civic event – America’s Thanksgiving Parade.”

Grandstand tickets are available for prime viewing of the more than 60 units, including floats, balloons, marching bands, specialty acts and celebrity guests. Prices range from $45 to $25 each, depending on the options you choose. Grandstand tickets are nonrefundable and can be ordered atwww.theparade.org or by calling 313-923-7400, Ext. 231.


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