"Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade" is a Hallmark Channel Original Movie that premiered in 2012. The movie, which airs as part of Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas, stars Autume Reeser, Antonio Cupo and Ben Cotton.
The Thanksgiving Day Parade is a beloved annual tradition in the City of Chicago. This movie stars Emily Jones as the person in charge of the parade, although people familar with the city of political connections and patronage jobs may have trouble believing that a guileless young woman without connections would have such a position of power in the city.
Emily Jones (Reeser) is a Chicago native who is an expert on the Thankgiving Day parade and is in charge of coordinating the colorful spectacle every year. A perky young woman, Emily has a unique sense of style and enjoys wearing the vintage clothes from the era of of her late mother.
A wealthy business consultant, Henry Williams (Cupo) is hired by Emily's boss to analyze the fiances of the event and increase profits. Emily feels threatened by the interference and writes Henry off as an over-privileged playboy.
Meanwhile, Emily is awaiting a marriage proposal from her longtime boyfriend Brian (Cotton), who seems to be oblivious to their conflicting goals. He is a marine scientist whose work takes him on long boat trips around the world and he envisions a life of traveling, with Emily as a companion. Emily feels it is time to settle down and have a family.
Emily has to take Henry on a tour of the city and it becomes obvious that there is more to the man than being rich, handsome and smart. Henry also turns out to be a nice guy and he seems sincere, but Emily still does not trust him.
When Emily is disapointed by Brian she conveniently runs into Henry, who comforts her and invites her to dinner. Instead of picking a fancy restaurant, she takes him to her favorite pizza place, owned by a man whose life was saved by her father, a Chicago cop who died when she was just 17.
As Emily and Henry get to know eachother, sparks start to fly, but Emily is still conflicted by feelings for Brian. By the time she decides to tell Henry what she is feeling it may be too late because an old girlfriend comes into the picture.
"Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade" stars Autumn Reeser (“No Ordinary Family”), Antonio Cupo (“Bomb Girls”) and Ben Cotton (“Hellcats”).
Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” is the biggest holiday destination on television, premiering more original holiday programs than any other network.