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McDonald’s® Thanksgiving Parade, a free event attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators, this year celebrates 80 years of Chicago holiday tradition. A dozen loveable 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. For those not in Chicago, the parade is broadcast, in its entirety, live for three hours on WGN 9 Chicago and WGN America. The 2013 McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade takes place LIVE on State Street between Congress Parkway and Randolph Street in downtown Chicago on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 from 8 to 11 a.m. (CST). No tickets are needed.
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.
The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade takes place rain or shine Thanksgiving Day each year. Participants and performers are subject to change. For more information about the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade, please visit www.chicagofestivals.org.
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Chicago Festival Association
The Chicago Festival Association is a unique organization with the mission of producing community events that positively impact the people of the city of Chicago, its guests and visitors. With a full-time staff of three, augmented by seasonal assistants and over a thousand of hard-working volunteers, the Chicago Festival Association strives to ensure the best in free family entertainment for the thousands of Chicagoans on the Parade route and those viewing the national broadcast.