Just three more days until Thanksgiving! If traveling to New York City to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a little too far, try attending the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago.
This Chicago tradition was started in 1934, according to the parade website, and has become a classic event to kick off the holiday season ever since. Over the years, incredible acts have taken part in the parade such as a circus act, which featured an elephant and 100 Santas that handed out over 10,000 balloons. In 2011, the parade closed with recreating a scene from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Dancers ran into the street to dance with Teddy Turkey to “Twist and Shout” from the well-known parade scene from the 80’s movie, the parade website states.
This year’s festivities will start at 8 a.m. on State St. and will continue down Congress and Randolph St., according to the parade website.
No parade is complete without some enormous helium balloons floating high in the sky! The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has an impressive lineup of fun balloons this year:
- Tasmanian Devil
- Curious George
- The Nutcracker
- Teddy Turkey
- Mr. Potato Head
- Tweety Bird
This year’s parade will include special appearances by several guests:
- The Harlem Globetrotters
- Ms. Illinois
- Ms. Chicago
- Santa Claus
- Bozo the Clown
The parade also includes several local marching bands, multiple dazzling floats and equestrian teams that will make their way down the streets of Chicago.
If you’re planning on attending the parade this year, be sure to dress warm! The temperatures in Chicago have been very cold the past few days! You should also plan on getting to the parade site early in the morning to ensure you have a great viewing spot; the parade website suggests standing anywhere from Congress to Washington St. for a great view of all the action.
Can’t make it to the parade this year? You can watch it on TV on WGN Chicago from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.
For more information on the parade, visit the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade website.
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