Parade rings in holidays for thousands of Houstonians
The echoes of marching bands reverberated across downtown Houston Thursday morning as thousands descended there to watch the city’s H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The parade, which featured prominent Houston athletes such as the Astros’ Jose Altuve and the Rockets’ James Harden, was bolstered this year by a morning of sunshine.
Also leading the parade this year were members of Houston’s Southern Apache Museum, which aims to preserve Native American heritage in both the Houston area and in Texas.
Public figures like Mayor Sylvester Turner were on scene to celebrate the 40th year of the parade, which was again hosted by the City Club of Houston.
Nearby, at George R. Brown Convention Center, thousands more gathered outside, ready to enter the building and receive free meals, haircuts and clothing that was donated to the City Club.
Rob Boehlert, a coordinator with the City Club’s annual Super Feast event, estimated at 20,000 people will enter the convention center’s doors by the end of the day.