June 16, 2014 at 11:57 am

Meryl Davis, Charlie White named grand marshals of America's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Olympians Charlie White and Meryl Davis pose with their goal medals before a rally in Canton Township in March. (Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News)

Detroit — The 88th America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will get a dash of Olympic glitz as champion ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White lead the way as grand marshals.

It’s been a huge year already for the Michigan natives, who won the gold at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Last month, Davis was named winner of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” on which both athletes competed. White also nabbed a few headlines earlier this month when he announced his engagement to fellow ice dancer Tanith Belbin.

“I look forward to traveling down Woodward Avenue on Thanksgiving morning and experiencing the parade with family, friends and fellow Detroiters who have showed me such strong support throughout my career,” Davis said in a press release issued Monday.

The parade, which is produced by the Parade Company and presented by Art Van, will be on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, and will be broadcast in several major cities across the country.

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