Houston Thanksgiving Parade: Houston Prepares for the Return of 72nd Annual HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Houstonians are holding their breath as stormy weather could put a damper on today’s Thanksgiving parade.

The 72nd annual HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off at 9 a.m. downtown, but potential storms could cause problems.

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ABC13 meteorologists expect the heaviest rain to fall in the first half of the day, which could wash away any outdoor plans in the morning.

The cold front is expected to reach Houston by noon, and once it penetrates, it will dissipate the heavy rain.

Up front, anywhere from 1-3 inches of rain can be expected due to near-record high humidity levels for late November. Minor street flooding is possible in remote areas, and it can rain for four to eight hours in some Southeast Texas neighborhoods.

Spanning 20 city blocks, the parade will feature elaborate floats, brass bands, balloons and more.

If you plan to attend, keep in mind heavy traffic and closed streets in and around the downtown area.

Drivers should allow extra time to park as access to streets along the parade route is limited.

The route begins at Lamar and Smith Streets, heads north to Walker Street, east to Milam Street, south to Pease Street, and north to Louisiana Street, ending at Dallas Street.

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