AN ANNUAL TRADITION FOR 80 YEARS! The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade takes place in rain or shine Thanksgiving Day each year. The event attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators, this year celebrates 80 years of Chicago holiday tradition. A dozen lovable character balloons, top marching bands from across the country, festive floats, cultural groups, theatrical performances, equestrian groups, and celebrity guests, plus over a thousand dedicated volunteers, all marching through the Loop, make the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade an annual celebration for the whole family.
This parade on State Street dates back to the 1930's when it was known as the Christmas Caravan. In the 1980's it moved to Michigan Avenue. Then in the late 1990's it came back to State Street as the Jingle Elf Parade.
Now it's all about Thanksgiving and it draws performers and spectators from all over the country. Alongside the 80th Annual Parade’s celebrity Grand Marshal and Honored Guests, the Parade’s lineup includes over 100 diverse groups, plus Honorary Grand Marshal Ronald McDonald, Chicago’s favorite fun-loving bird and Parade mascot, Teddy Turkey, and an appearance by Santa Claus. The jaw- dropping Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, acrobatic Jesse White Tumbling Team, the graceful Joffrey Ballet, majestic Budweiser Clydesdales, dynamic Million Dollar Quartet, high-kicking Kilgore College Rangerettes, pitch-perfect Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, hilarious Second City, and fire-twirling Barefoot Hawaiian are just a few of this year’s remarkable featured performers. McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade is an annual presentation by the Chicago Festival Association.
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