The Parade Company announced that Art Van Elslander and WJR's Paul W. Smith will be co-grand marshals for Nov. 26 parade.
Van Elslander, the founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture, has been a supporter of the parade for nearly 20 years. He has commissioned numerous floats and donated more than $2 million to The Parade Company.
Smith, host of News/Talk 760 WJR's Paul W, Smith Show, has been the parade's voice since 1996 and an avid supporter of Detroit.
"The Parade and the city of Detroit could not be any more fortunate than to have these two community leaders come together on this special day. Not only are we honored to have Art Van Elslander and Paul W. Smith, but their presence together will showcase our area and the best it has to offer," said Tony Michaels, president and CEO of The Parade Company.
The parade will also boast an impressive celebrity lineup, ranging from a beauty queen to reality television show stars and contestants.
Miss Michigan 2009, Nicole Blaszczyk, will join celebrity chef Bethenny Frankel, also from Bravo's "Real Housewives of New York."
Two contestants from "American Idol," Danny Gokey and Josh Gracin, a Michigan native, will be at the parade, along with two other Michigan natives, Helen Philips Evan and Ryan Kasprzak, who appeared on seasons of "So You Think You Can Dance." Evan was also "The Biggest Loser" season 7 winner.
Santa Claus will be making a trip from the North Pole to Detroit to join in the festivities.
The two-hour parade will begin on Woodward Avenue and Mack Avenue on Nov. 26 at 9:20 a.m, and end at Woodward Avenue and Congress Street in Detroit.
You can watch the parade live on Local 4 News and ClickOnDetroit.com