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Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade

Written By: Jessie White

Thanksgiving morning wouldn’t be quite perfect without watching the Thanksgiving Day parade. Whether it’s snuggled up in your living room with your favorite Thanksgiving-day pajamas or on the side of the street screaming your lungs out for Santa’s entrance, the Thanksgiving parade is a timeless tradition that marks the true beginning of the holiday season. Chicago is of course in on all of this fun and this year will be hosting it’s 84th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade provides an entire procession of entertainment with elaborate floats, massive marching bands and dance troupes, musical entertainment and much more to be enjoyed on the sidelines or at home.

If you’re planning on showing up to get a spot on the parade route make sure that you plan ahead, as the parade gets thousands of attendees each year. You’ll want to make sure that you bundle up with enough layers so you don’t get chilled out before Santa arrives. It’s also advised to arrive early because crowds will begin to gather as early as 5 am! Choose your viewing spot wisely as well, as the parade will gather a huge crowd so you want to make sure that you’re in a position to be able to leave the event without too much of a hassle (we recommend closer to the beginning of the parade route so you can duck out as soon as Santa’s left on his sleigh).

Perfect for the family, a first trip to Chicago, or even a festive friend venture, the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade is a proven pleasure.


The Thanksgiving Day Parade will be in the downtown area of Chicago in the Loop.

The parade route will take place on State Street and will run from Congress to Randolph, giving any and all interested parade attendees tons of space to join in on all of the fun.

Chicago residents may also enjoy the parade from the living room sideline by tuning into WGN-TV and WGN America cable network at 8 am and can enjoy the parade’s festivities until 11 am.


Thanksgiving Day, of course!

November 28th, 2019

8:00 am till Santa’s sleigh heads back home to the North Pole!

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