Mott celebrates brand new float in America’s Thanksgiving Parade

November 23, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

Approximately a 2-minute read.

Key takeaways:

  • For the first time, Mott will have a custom-branded float in this year’s America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Downtown Detroit.
  • The float is designed to celebrate all of the teams that contribute to Mott’s ranking as the No. 1 children’s hospital in Michigan.
  • To celebrate, the Mott team kicked off the week with a Thanksgiving parade on the 12th floor of the hospital.

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital will have its own float in America’s Thanksgiving Parade in downtown Detroit!

The branded, colorful, double flatbed will be making its way down Woodward Avenue on Thanksgiving morning.

While Mott first participated in the parade last year, this year marks the debut of a new custom-branded float representing the hospital in the nationally televised event.

“Our float is dedicated to all of our teams,” said Luanne Thomas Ewald, M.H.A., FACHE, chief operating officer of Mott and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. “They are the reason we are the No. 1 children’s hospital in the state and why we can offer such unique care to our patients, which you will see illustrated all over our float!”

You can check out a rendering of the float above, but noticeable highlights include colorful scenes of children playing, inspiring care providers, a “Hail to our Care Teams” banner and even Mott’s furry, four-legged care team members. In addition, Mott employees will be walking in the parade by the float and riding on the float’s platform.

To celebrate the all-new float, the Mott team kicked off the Thanksgiving holiday week with a Thanksgiving parade on the 12th floor. Team members and community partners joined in to bring joy and smiles to the Little Victors on 12 East and 12 West.

The event had a special guest, Tony Michaels, the president of The Parade Company, who helped unveil the rendering of the float.

The patient parade even had a Grand Marshal, Little Victor Mackenzie, who led the parade of team members carrying giant balloons and handing out fun noise clappers, necklaces and clown noses to patients in their rooms.

WDIV Detroit featured the Mott parade and Mackenzie in their story series leading up to this year’s live broadcast of America’s Thanksgiving Parade.

“We’re so thankful for all of our team members at Mott and Von Voigtlander,” Ewald said. “These holiday events remind us that we all serve one purpose: to provide our Little Victors with the absolute best care and experience during their stay with us.”

Be sure to tune in on Thanksgiving morning to see the Mott float rolling down Woodward Avenue in America’s Thanksgiving Parade! Coverage of the parade begins at 6 a.m. on WDIV Detroit (Channel 4) with the parade broadcast beginning at 9 a.m.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!