The Queen of Soul will have a presence at the 92nd America’s Thanksgiving Parade.
Members of Franklin’s family have been invited to ride the parade route this year in her honor, alongside the Cass Tech High School Marching Band, the Parade Company announced Thursday.
Other celebrities slated for the parade on Thanksgiving include Baseball Hall of Famer and former Detroit Tiger Jack Morris, Disney Chanel star Sofia Wylie, Olympic snowboarder Kyle Mack, Olympic ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani and 2018 Boston Marathon winner Desiree Linden. Linden is from Washington Township.
Korie Lee Blossey, star of Disney’s “Aladdin” which is appearing next month at the Detroit Opera House, will perform during the kick-off of WDIV-TV’s live broadcast. The Bay City native plays the Genie.
Besides the Franklin tribute, the Parade Company said another signature piece of this year’s event on Woodward in downtown Detroit is the Yankee Air Museum Rosie the Riveter Tribute Corps, including four original riveters: Mary Reid, Ethel Ciczewicz, Flo McCarty and Phyllis Lenhard.
Producers announced in September that CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz would be the grand marshal.
America’s Thanksgiving Parade pre-show begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 22. The parade is 10 a.m. to noon. Visit theparade.org for information.