Society: Hob Nobble Gobble delights with rides, elves

Chuck Bennett
Guests enjoy an amusement park ride at Hob Nobble GobblePhoto by Aly Darin Photography

For more than two decades, Hob Nobble Gobble has been consistently the most enchanting holiday party of the year. This year’s celebration on Friday was no different. Some 2,000 guests — of all ages — dressed in festive black-tie attire filed into a merrily decorated Ford Field for this magical soiree that benefits the Parade Company.

Spirits were lifted immediately at the entrance as guests arrived to dynamic performances from the very talented Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences choir. Massive inflated holiday characters floated overhead while armies of elves welcomed and directed partygoers to the event. This exciting gala, presented by Ford Motor Company, includes 20 amusement park rides and carnival games — not to mention cotton candy, elephant ears, corn dogs, popcorn and the best french fries ever. On top of that, Levy Restaurants provided a dazzling buffet that stretched all the way across the 50 yard line.

April Morton, an iHeartMedia news anchor, husband Maurice Morton, CEO of Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences, with chil­dren Maurissa, left, and Joshua.

There were dancing elves, a dynamic marching band, and of course a special appearance from Santa himself. Olympic Gold medal swimmer Allison Schmitt made a personal appearance and international award-winning hip-hop artist Flo Rida brought the house down performing some of his chart-topping hits, including “My House,” “Wild Ones,” and “Good Feeling.”

Hob Nobble Gobble is a celebration of America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van. Tickets range from $350 to $1,000. All proceeds benefit the Parade Company, which is celebrating 90 years of family-themed events for Metro Detroit including the Ford Fireworks, Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot and the Thanksgiving Parade.

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