DETROIT — For Arthur Galea, getting to Detroit on Thanksgiving day for the city's annual parade has been a 65-year tradition.
He has missed only three over that time, Galea told the Detroit Free Press Thursday from the parade route.
"I sleep overnight here," said Galea, 90, of West Branch. "We all have Thanksgiving dinner here."
The family was among tens of thousands of spectators who lined Woodward Avenue for America's Thanksgiving Parade.
The lineup included 180 clowns, 150 papier-mache Big Heads, 25 floats and 13 marching bands. Floats and marchers traveled about three miles south on Woodward to downtown Detroit from the starting point. Actor Tim Allen served as grand marshal.
Some spectators camped out overnight along the route to get good viewing spots. Galea drove about 140 miles from home in his RV to Detroit.
Lacy Lattimore's four children thought they were heading to their grandmother's house Thursday. They were surprised by the detour to the parade route.
"We've never done a parade before, and this was a chance to do something fun on Thanksgiving," Lattimore told The Detroit News.
In addition to the parade crowds, another 20,000 people participated in the annual Turkey Trot 5K and 10K races downtown.