Paul W. Smith: Let the festivities begin

Paul W. Smith

“Outta’ My Mind on a Saturday Moanin’”

Here we are, heading into two of the biggest, most fun weeks in Detroit. This Friday it’s the Hob Nobble Gobble presented by Ford Motor Company. The sold out crowd will rock the night away with Fifty Amp Fuse; the Detroit All City Marching Band will once again deliver Santa Claus, then, special guest Tone Loc will get the crowd really going, leading into Becky G, with her current Top 40 Hits, Shower and Break a Sweat. Everyone will celebrate “So Happy Together” as Parade Company President and CEO Tony Michaels and his staff, volunteers and many, many good-hearted sponsors once again delivering the Parade Company tradition of funding, creating and executing the best family events in Michigan. I am honored to help out as the evening’s emcee.

■Then it’s on to the annual Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot, the nation’s largest run on Thanksgiving morning featuring a 10K and 5K race. You can still sign up to be a part of 20,000 runners who annually join the fun. Register today at

■Finally, The 89th America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van. It was 25 years ago this year that Art stepped in and wrote the big check that saved this iconic parade called by US News & World Report Travel one of the best Thanksgiving parades in the country.

Now, many great sponsors make this all possible with their financial support as well as the support of so many hard working volunteers.

The parade will step off at 8:50 a.m. at the corner of Woodward and Kirby and end at Congress, just south of Campus Martius.

Dayna Clark and I will be with you along the parade route from 10 a.m. until noon on AM 760 WJR Radio.

Paul W. Smith is host of The Paul W. Smith Show on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.