Chicago’s Thanksgiving Parade is set to return this week! Viewers can expect full marching bands, fun, festive floats, performances, and equestrian units on Thursday at home and in person. The parade, which was first made in 1934, was originally called Christmas Caravan and formed in an attempt to uplift people during the Great Depression.
When is the Chicago ThanksgivingDay Parade?
The Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, at 8 a.m. and goes until 11 a.m.
Where is the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade?
The parade will follow down State Street from Ida B. Wells Drive to Randolph Street.
Who is performing at the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade?
A few of the scheduled performers include the American Blues Theater, Ballet Folklorico Sones Mexicanos, Chicago Korean Dance Company, the Cirque Experience, the Jesse White Tumblers Team, Michigan City Soul Steppers Drill Team, Aztec Dance – Xochitl-Quetzal, Bloom Township High School Choir, the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team, and marching bands from over 19 schools and universities.
How can I watch the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade 2023?
While you can watch the parade anywhere along State St between Congress Parkway and Randolph St., we recommend you try to get a spot close to where the parade starts for a shorter wait time between floats. Be sure to show up early because spots fill up quickly. Those with disabilities can watch from the southeast corner of State St and Jackson in a specified viewing area.
Want an even better seat? For $60, you can be a VIP sponsor with a designated viewing spot in the TV Zone (111 N. State St), on the east side of State St, between Washington and Randolph. The VIP section includes bleacher seating and private portable restrooms. The VIP area opens at 7 a.m., and spectators must arrive before 7:30 a.m. to have the best seat on the bleachers.
If you can’t watch the annual event outdoors, you can watch it broadcast live on channel CW26, where Jen Lilley and Jesse Hutch will co-host!
If I need any other info, where can I find it?
Head to the official website to grab your tickets.