By David Dell
DETROIT- The Port Huron Northern Huskies Marching Band made its fifth appearance in America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this morning through downtown Detroit. The band, about 140-strong started the morning with a pancake breakfast put on by the Boosters at the school before heading out under cover of pre-dawn darkness.
While the band waited in the staging area, WDIV Local 4 television, did a small parade lead-in with the Huskies as its visual and sound backdrop. Bandmembers had all brought blankets and were wrapped up in them until just before taking their place in line. The blankets were donated to the Volunteers of America Detroit Veterans Housing Program.
The last time Northern was in the Thanksgiving Day parade was in 2018 when the temperature hovered at or below 0 degrees. Today was the polar opposite. The temperature at kick-off was above freezing and at the conclusion of 3-plus miles, it was quite balmy at 51o.
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Over 100 million television viewers and 1 million people got to see the 2018 #1 Marching Band and #1 Viewers’ Choice Marching Band as they played a medley of Christmas songs.
Voting for Viewer’s Choice Marching Band runs through Sunday at https://www.clickondetroit.com/contests/2022/11/23/vote-here-battle-of-the-bands-2022/?fbclid=IwAR3gteuL3xPwJRpu-ETlbiTriMWNCsfnUqq1g5OYuBAQZmLkYr1e7BR_M6A#/gallery/