PHOTOS: Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade

PHOTOS • BY AJ SPICER

The Montgomery County Thanksgiving parade in downtown Silver Spring has become a defining event for the community. Begun 14 years ago, the parade downtown on the Saturday before Thanksgiving keeps expanding and changing, reflecting Silver Spring itself.

This year’s parade down Ellsworth Place to Georgia Avenue did not disappoint.

Starting at 10 a.m, the parade lasted for over three hours and coincided with a clear and crisp autumn day.

The parade route was filled with the requisite marching bands, Cub Scout and Brownie troops, antique cars, local “Miss Teens” and politicians and Thanksgiving theme floats.

But this being lower Montgomery County, raucous and vibrant Bolivian dancers, marching dog platoons, green-themed paraders, and a bevy of clowns also joined the march.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the conventional and silly alike. The parade’s exuberant music filled Veterans Plaza, where the ice rink provided another holiday touch. The nice fellow in front of the rink selling roasted almonds, peanuts, and cashews had a brisk business.

Keeping winter and recession challenges at bay, we came together to share in the warmth, comfort and celebration of the holiday season.

Watch the parade in the slideshow below. If the slideshow does not load, please visit http://voice.smugmug.com/Events/ThanksgivingparadeAJ