Best places to see the McDonalds Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Best Place To See The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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The Best Place To See The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The holidays in Chicago mean shopping for presents along bustling Michigan Avenue, enjoying the winter wonderland outside and marveling at the holiday lights displays all over the city. Chicago is a great place to enjoy the holidays this year, and few events ring in the start of the holiday season like the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade.

The Thanksgiving Parade will take place this year on November 27, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., and will run from Downtown Chicago along State Street from Congress to Randolph.

If you’re planning on attending the Thanksgiving Parade this year, take a look at our list of info below so you can be sure to be prepared for all of the activities and excitement.

What to Expect From the Lineup

The 2016 Parade Lineup is impressive as always, with bands, balloons and floats representing businesses and organizations from around the city and the country. This year, expect to see the Harlem Globetrotters, WGN-TV, the Huaxing Arts Troupe and the Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team, among others.

High school marching bands from near and far are also slated to perform. Overall, 3,000 marching band members will be playing in this year’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Some of the high schools that will be featured this year include:

  • Dade County High School
  • Charlotte Catholic Marching Cougar Band
  • Boardman High School
  • Bishop Noll Marching Band
  • Bedford High School
  • Abilene High School Band


How to Get There

The challenges associated with simply getting to the parade and finding parking once you arrive are serious enough to deter visitors from experiencing the magic on Thanksgiving Day altogether. We’re here to tell you that you don’t have to forgo the parade simply because the thought of navigating and dealing with parking gives you premature anxiety.

With Chicago car service available at the ready, you can certainly attend the parade, get a great spot and exit the festivities quickly and easily. With a chauffeur on hand, after all, you won’t have to navigate, park or worry about getting back to your car after the parade ends. Additionally, the congested traffic can put a damper on the day, and waiting in long lines to get out of parking lots is a waste of your Thanksgiving Day.

With car service, you can eliminate all of the anxiety and stress involved with driving on Thanksgiving Day to an event that will attract thousands of attendees from all over.

More Travel Tips

One of the most important things to consider before attending the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade is to get there early enough so you can get a good spot along the parade’s route that will allow you to see all the action. Getting to State Street at least an hour and a half in advance should allot plenty of time for you to snag a great spot.

So there you have it: our tips for enjoying the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade this year. We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a beautiful holiday season.

*Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 18, 2014, however it has since been updated to reflect the most recent information.

photo credit: Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar via photopin cc

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Dale Schahczinski
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