Henry Ford and Ford Community Programs Celebrated on New Float in Nationally
Televised Parade on Thanksgiving Day
DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 25, 2013
DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
oFord Motor Company's new float for America's Thanksgiving Parade^®
presented by Art Van was unveiled by Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford to
hundreds of Ford employees today in front of Ford World Headquarters
oA giant likeness of company founder Henry Ford has the seat of honor on
the float; his great-great-granddaughter Elena Ford will ride on the float
on Thanksgiving Day
oThe 100-foot-long float also recognizes Ford's continuing commitment to
community development through the activities of Ford Motor Company Fund
and Ford Volunteer Corps
Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford today 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 150^th 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
"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
Elena Ford, vice president for Ford global dealer and consumer experience and
great-great-granddaughter of Henry Ford, will ride on the float in the
Thanksgiving Day parade. Forty members of the Ford Volunteers Corp will walk
alongside the float.
"Henry Ford and his legacy helped shape our region – and the world," said Tony
Michaels, president and CEO, The Parade Company, which puts on the
Thanksgiving Day parade. "We appreciate what Ford Motor Company continues to
provide for our community."
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.
The nearly three-mile-long parade starts at 8:45 a.m. at Woodward Avenue and
Kirby Street near the DIA. The parade will be featured locally on WDIV-TV and
WJR-AM, and the first hour will be aired in 140 markets across the country.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company(NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 180,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information
regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit
SOURCE Ford Motor Company
Contact: Della DiPietro, Ford Motor Company, 313.720.8095 (cell),
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