" rel="stylesheet">
Skip Main Navigation
Page Content

Looks like this event has already ended.

Check out upcoming events by this organizer, or organize your very own event.

View upcoming events Create an event

McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade

Chicago Festival Association

Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM (CST)

Ticket Information

No tickets available.

Who's Going

Loading your connections...

Share McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade

Event Details

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

Have questions about McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade? Contact Chicago Festival Association

When & Where

State Street from Congress Parkway to Randolph Street

Chicago, IL 60605

Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM (CST)

  Add to my calendar


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.

  Contact the Organizer
McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade
Chicago, IL Events Festival

Interested in hosting your own event?

Join millions of people on Eventbrite.

Please log in or sign up

In order to purchase these tickets in installments, you'll need an Eventbrite account. Log in or sign up for a free account to continue.