Connecticut Thanksgiving Events Map
UBS Thanksgiving Parade Spectacular
Connecticut is home to the UBS Thanksgiving Parade Spectacular, one of the largest helium-balloon parades in the country. The Sunday before Thanksgiving, the city of Stamford turns its downtown over to marching bands, floats and giant balloons, featuring kids' favorite cartoon characters like Elmo and Popeye. Parents and children alike can get a jump-start on the parade the night before when the giant balloons are inflated before their eyes at the LP Giant Balloon Inflation Party. Both events are free.
Manchester Road Race
Before chowing down on turkey with all the fixings, families can make room for the calories by participating in the Manchester Road Race. One of the longest-running marathons in the country, the Manchester Road Race has been held for the past 75 years. In addition, runners can spot Olympians and internationally known runners making their way around the course alongside (or well in front of) them. There is even a special section set aside for anyone who would prefer to walk the race. Child runners can compete in the 12-and-under Little Manchester Road Race. Registration for everyone is $20 until early November, when the price goes up to $25.
Volunteer: Thanksgiving For All
Not every family in Connecticut has a big Thanksgiving feast to look forward to. Thankfully, the Connecticut Food Bank is there for them. Families who want to help out can volunteer together to put on the Thanksgiving For All event. Volunteers help with everything from transporting and sorting donated food to sponsoring canned food drives in their own schools, churches or organizations.
Thanksgiving In Connecticut: Video
Helium balloons and marching bands fill the streets of downtown Stamford at the city's annual UBS Thanksgiving Parade Spectacular.
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