Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford unveiled the company’s new float for America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van to hundreds of Ford Motor Company employees gathered outside Ford World Headquarters. The 100-foot-long float celebrates Henry Ford’s vision to open the roadways and make a difference in communities worldwide.
The float includes a giant likeness of Henry Ford sitting in front of a birthday cake that marks the 150th anniversary of his birth. Also featured are a giant globe and a Ford Focus, the world’s best-selling vehicle nameplate, in recognition of the company’s global reach.
Six giant screens on the float show the contributions that Ford Motor Company Fund and Ford Volunteer Corps members make around the world.
One of the country’s largest and longest-running parades, America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van will take place this Thursday in downtown Detroit.
“The parade is a great Detroit Thanksgiving Day family tradition, as well as an opportunity to celebrate our communities and encourage our neighbors to get involved,” said Bill Ford. “This new float is an exciting way to recognize both the legacy of our company’s founder and our investment in communities through funding of creative programs and the work of our Ford Volunteer Corps.”
As official parade vehicle, more than 40 Ford cars and trucks will take part in the festivities, including F-Series, Mustang and other Ford vehicles that will carry celebrities and pull floats.