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Uncle Dan’s Thanksgiving Parade Returns on Thursday

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Uncle Dan’s Thanksgiving Parade Returns on Thursday

Uncle Dan’s Outdoor Store takes over as the new sponsor of this year’s Chicago Thanksgiving Parade!

Let’s be honest, most of us tend to spend our Thanksgiving holiday stuffing our faces among friends and family. And, while this is certainly a fine way to spend the day, there are plenty of other options out there for a lil’ holiday fun.

Among these is Uncle Dan’s Thanksgiving Parade—formerly sponsored by McDonald’s—a perfect changeup to the usual Thanksgiving festivities. With appearances from Curious George, Hello Kitty, Garfield, Spongebob Squarepants, and a host of other family-friendly folk, the procession is perfect for everyone young and old. 

Here’s All You Need to Know About the Thanksgiving Day Parade.


What Will I See?


Well, you’ll see this:

The parade features the following:

  • Marching bands
  • Gigantic inflatable helium balloons
  • Decorative floats
  • Talented entertainers
  • Amazing costumes
  • Holiday cheer
  • The spirit of giving

It will not feature:

  • Your outrageously drunk Uncle Hank
  • Your mother asking why you don’t have a girlfriend
  • Your Grandma’s mashed peas
  • Dry turkey
  • Political debate


Where Will it Be?

The parade takes place exclusively on State Street. The marching portion begins at State & Congress and travels north to Randolph. If you’re planning on seeing it in person, you’ll want to get there bright and early to make sure you catch a quality spot.

Of course, you could always watch the parade on TV from the comfort of your home. Coverage is available on WGN Channel 9. The event will also be live streaming on wgntv.com.


What Time Does it Start?

You can tune in to WGN at 8:00 am to catch the opening performances outside of Macy’s, but event-goers themselves won’t be able to access this portion unless they have VIP tickets (these are currently sold out). Otherwise, the actual State Street march begins at 8:30 am. Parking is available directly across the street from Macy’s. You can purchase 12-hour parking online for just $17.


When is it Happening?

The parade takes place on Thanksgiving Day, November 22. Duh.


See you turkeys there!


Featured Image Credit: Chicago Thanksgiving Parade Facebook

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