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March to Your Own Beat in Detroit this November

If you’re itching to rise and shine early Thanksgiving morn (and even if you’re not), head downtown for America’s Thanksgiving Parade; at 85-years strong, it’s one of the country’s oldest. Kicking off at 9:20 a.m. at the corner of Woodward and Mack, then winding its way toward Congress, this year’s theme is “So Much To Believe In.” The kids will get a kick out of the clowns passing out candy, costumed characters from the papier-mâché Big Head Corps, bands and enough floats to thrill the whole family.

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As if you needed it, here’s another reason to head to the zoo: a new home for Bikira, Perceval and friends. When the Detroit Zoo opened in 1928, the then-groundbreaking 3,500-square-foot lions habitat, featuring a moat rather than the standard bars, was one of the park’s first animal exhibits to debut.

The cats’ new digs, under construction since February, will become a million-dollar home expanded to 7,500 square feet. The moat has been filled in and replaced with a 17-foot-tall wall of 60 tempered glass panels with “warming” rocks nearby to give a toasty perch while we gaze at each other from just feet away. A grand way for the zoo’s six lions — five of which were rescued from unstatesmanlike gigs like  guard duty at a crack house and a sentry in a Kansas junkyard — to live like kings.

Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak.
(248) 541-5717;

Take a magic carpet ride to see Fabulous Prince Ali, Jasmine, the Genie and all the other Disney favorites (singing Disney’s Academy Award-winning songs) as a cast of kids and adults perform Aladdin Jr. at the Farmington Hills Youth Theatre, along with Sky’s the Limit Productions — winner of  Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Choice Awards’ “Best Youth Theatre in Metro Detroit Award.” Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 17-20. $10; free/children 3 and under.

Farmington Hills Youth Theatre, Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. (877) STL-PROD;

Grab the ‘tweens and the grandparents for a bit of tradition and celluloid magic. See Tevye kick up his heels at the Redford Theatre in the epic tale of Jewish life in pre-revolutionary Russia; adapted from stories by Sholem Aleichem and directed by Norman Jewison. Arrive early to catch a performance on the 1928 theater’s original pipe organ before each show. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. All seats: $4.

Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit. (313) 537-2560;

Step right up to the only show business phenomenon to have run in three consecutive centuries. Comedy, music, suspense and great feats of athleticism have made Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus a national treasure.

Arrive an hour before show time for the All Access Pre-Show to meet performers and animals. Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 9-13. $13-$82.
Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills. (800) 745-3000; or



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