Hob Nobble Gobble Announces Celebrity Line-Up for Parade Company Fundraiser at Ford Field


DETROIT – The 22nd Annual Hob Nobble Gobble® presented by PVS Chemicals, Inc., a magical evening of live entertainment, celebrities, fabulous food and carnival rides for all ages benefiting America’s Thanksgiving Parade® and The Parade Company, is happening on Friday, November 18, from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Ford Field, one of America’s premiere venues. More than 2,000 distinguished guests and celebrities will hit the 50-yard line to hobnob and celebrate one of Detroit’s greatest traditions.

“We are proud to support and be a part of The Parade Company’s Hob Nobble Gobble fundraiser that helps to make America’s Thanksgiving Parade possible,” said Jim Nicholson, President and CEO of PVS Chemicals, Inc. “We believe the Parade is an important community tradition that celebrates the magic of our city, region and state.”

The night will shine with headline entertainment from Kate Voegele, One Tree Hill actress and singer who recently released her latest album “Gravity Happens.” The evening also includes special “meet & greet” appearances from:

  • Doug E. Fresh – Rapper/Entertainer.  Originator of the human beat box, The Show & La Di Da Di
  • Erin Cummings – Detroit 1-8-7 and Pan Am actress, is Founder of Mittens for Detroit. Cummings has also been in Mad MenCharmed and Cold Case.
  • Cari Cucksey – T.V. personality and star of HGTV’s Cash & Cari. Based near Detroit, Cucksey is the owner and operator of RePurpose Estate Services, a company that helps set up estate sales for its clients.
  • Ross Mathews – Rose to fame from his correspondent duties as “Ross the Intern” on the Tonight Show, where he also now serves as a creative consultant for the show.  Mathews is also a regular panelist and guest host on E!’s hit late-night talk show Chelsea Lately.
  • Louise Roe – TV presenter and fashion journalist, she fronts both the U.S. and UK versions of her makeover show, Plain Jane, (CW network and MTV).
  • Detroit Lions Mascot Roary

Hob Nobble Gobble®, presented by PVS Chemicals, Inc., features activities, rides and entertainment from end zone to end zone for both kids and adults – and a new interactive teen area.  New rides as well as long time favorites will include the Paratrooper, Giant Swinging Ship, Bumper Cars, Tilt-a-Whirl and Ferris Wheel.  The Parade Company will utilize a number of audio-visual elements, from the jumbo-tron and awesome electronics, to dazzle guests with an even more spectacular show.

The winning smile of NBA legend and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson will grace historic Woodward Avenue on Thanksgiving morning in the form of a new papier-mâché “Big Head” for the 85thAmerica’s Thanksgiving Parade®.  The new Magic Johnson “Big Head” will be unveiled to the Hob Nobble Gobble crowd during a brief ceremony. Paul W. Smith of News/Talk 760 WJR will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the program.

WDIV-TV Local 4 will air a live, primetime Hob Nobble Gobble special from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

For the past two decades, Hob Nobble Gobble® has helped to raise the much-needed funds for The Parade Company to produce America’s Thanksgiving Parade®.  Tickets are now on sale and prices range from $200 – $1,000. To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.theparade.org or call 313-923-7400.

Now in its 85th year, The Parade Company has announced “So Much To Believe In” as this year’s official theme for America’s Thanksgiving Parade®.

The 85th America’s Thanksgiving Parade, one of the country’s oldest and most celebrated parades, will step-off at Woodward Avenue and Mack on Thursday, November 24 at 9:05 a.m. and end at Woodward Avenue and Congress in downtown Detroit. The two-hour Parade will be featured on WDIV-TV Local 4 including a one-hour national broadcast reaching more than 140 markets nationwide. News/Talk 760 WJR will also broadcast live from the Parade. For more information on The Parade Company, visit www.theparade.org or call 313.923.7400.

About The Parade Company

Founded in 1984, The Parade Company is a not-for-profit organization governed by the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation whose board of directors is comprised of key civic and corporate leaders in the greater Detroit region.  The Parade Company is celebrating 85 years of Parade tradition in Detroit.  The mission is to fund, create and execute the best family events in metro Detroit.  The Parade Company staff, the board of directors and thousands of parade volunteers work year-round to bring a wide variety of magnificent events to the City of Detroit each year including the Target Fireworks, Fifth Third Turkey Trot and America’s Thanksgiving Parade®.