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Thanksgiving Day Recap

The 2022 Thanksgiving Parade was a few days ago, and it was an absolute blast! The Turkey Trot, parade, and the Muffins, Mimosa, and Marys bar at our office made for a great start to Turkey Day.

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Starting Line 2022 Turkey Trot


The Sonoran Lifestyle Team sponsored the Turkey Trot that began Thanksgiving morning. Our team member John Weil and his entire family ran the 5K around Fountain Park while others manned the tent and gave away cooling towels, hats, and ChapStick.

Toni Lepoer and Mr. Gobble

After the Turkey Trot Finished, the Avenue of the Fountains reconfigured itself in preparation for the parade. The wise Spector’s arrived early for the best seat on the Avenue. This was the second year in which the parade would pass both up and down the Avenue, and right in front of the Sonoran Lifestyle Team office.

Movie magic is this year’s theme

Thousands of people lined the streets along the route of the parade. As usual, the announcer made puns as each float passed. Movie Magic was this year’s theme as floats of Whoville, The Grinch, and Buddy the elf delighted the crowd. Parade participants ranged from the Fountain Hills High School Marching Band to the International Dark-Sky Association to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It is truly a broad spectrum of Fountain Hills organizations represented.

Fountain Hills Parade

Meanwhile, at the Sonoran Lifestyle office, our team members made muffins, mimosas, and the crowds lined up for John’s Famous Bloody Mary bar. Clients and runners enjoyed the hot cocoa, and coffee while waiting for the start of the parade. Fun to see so many friends, family, and clients catching up with each other, all while feasting on the food and drinks we made and having a great time.

It was a fun start to Thanksgiving for sure, and we hope that the rest of your day was full of food and merriment. We’ll see you at next year’s Turkey Trot and Parade!

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The Thanksgiving Day Headquarters

Fountain Hills will be celebrating its 32nd annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. It’s a great way to burn some calories before enjoying that turkey and pumpkin pie. Runners can choose between a 1-mile fitness walk or a 5K run. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age division at 8:15 am.

Please be sure to look for the Sonoran Lifestyle team at the RE/MAX Sun Properties blue tent. We will have cold water and cooling towels for you before and after the race. We are proud to be your premier sponsor of the Fountain Hills Turkey Trot. For more information and to register, visit FHTurkeytrot.com

Turkey Trot Tent
Mr. Gobble and Dori

After the Turkey Trot join us for Muffins, Mimosas, and Marys at The Sonoran Lifestyle Team office at 16824 E Avenue of The Fountains. Bring your lawn chairs and come enjoy the parade as it rolls on by. We’ll have hot cocoa, coffee, fresh muffins, and baked goods waiting for you. And, Johnny’s Handcraft Blood Mary bar is not to be missed!

Did you know that Fountain Hills has the only Thanksgiving Day parade in the western United States? This year’s theme is “Holiday Movie Magic”. Enjoy floats, dance teams, car clubs, horses, Santa, and more brought to us by local veteran’s organizations, schools, Girl Scout troops, non-profit organizations, and more.

The parade route is on the Avenue of the Fountains in downtown Fountain Hills. Right out the Sonoran Lifestyle Team office front doors. The parade begins at 9:30 AM and lasts approximately an hour; parking is free! You are encouraged to arrive by 9:00 am and enter the parking lot from Parkview Avenue.

Santa and Fire Truck
Santa arrives

Don’t forget – Santa Claus himself arrives in Fountain Hills for the first time this holiday season at the Thanksgiving Day Parade! He is the event’s finale, so make sure to stick around at the end to give Santa a wave!

For more information on the parade, visit https://www.fountainhillschamber.com/thanksgiving-day-parade/

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Turkey Trot, Thanksgiving Parade Just Weeks Away

Thanksgiving is a big day for Fountain Hills. Not only do we have the biggest Thanksgiving Parade in the southwestern United States, but we also have the tradition of hosting a morning 5K run that has been going on almost as long: the Turkey Trot.

This year the town will boast the 31st annual Turkey Trot and the 37th annual Thanksgiving Parade. These events, which happen back-to-back on Thanksgiving morning, are truly hallmarks of Fountain Hills culture.

The Turkey Trot

In Fountain Hills, Turkey Day always starts with the Turkey Trot. A section of streets around the Town Center of Fountain Hills are converted into a running path for town residents who signed up for either the 5K Run or the 1-mile walk.

You can run the Turkey Trot like a race, and awards will be given to the top three finishers in each of the age brackets.

The Turkey Trot route is different this year than previous years.

You don’t have to run it like a race though, as many people take a more relaxed approach to the Turkey Trot. It’s a really fun tradition that people of all ages enjoy.

Go to fh.az.gov to sign up, and be sure to pick up your t-shirts and other Turkey Trot swag at the Community Center, Monday-Wednesday of Thanksgiving week between 3:00 and 6:00. The Trot begins at 7:15 AM on November 25th.

The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties is the premier “Platinum” sponsor of this year’s Turkey Trot. Some of our team members will be running, see if you can catch us!

The Thanksgiving Parade

The Thanksgiving Parade begins at 9:30 AM, right after the Turkey Trot ends. This huge parade features floats from many of the businesses, clubs, and nonprofits of Fountain Hills and the surrounding area. It’s a great way to have a festive morning with the family and learn about local organizations. This year’s parade theme is “All That Glitters,” so be prepared to see some shiny floats.

The 2021 Thanksgiving Parade route is also different from past years.

This year, the parade will be beginning at Parkview and Saguaro, passing up and down the Avenue of the Fountains, and ending at El Lago and Saguaro.

For more information about this year’s parade, check out the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce website.