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Parade FAQs


Q. When does the parade take place?
A. Every Thanksgiving morning.  In 201, the parade will take place on Thursday, November 27th.

Q. What time does the parade start?
A. 8:00 am CST

Q. Where does the parade take place?
A. State Street in downtown Chicago.  The parade heads north on State Street  starting at Congress Parkway and concluding at Randolph Street.

Q. What time should I get to the parade?
A. We recommend that you arrive early to get a good spot.  The parade steps off at 8:00am, so you don't want to miss anything!

Q. We are not going to be able to make it down to the parade, can we see it on TV?
A. Of course!  You can watch all of the action live on WGN 9 Chicago (Chicagoland area) or WGN America (nationally).  WGN America is available in millions of households nationwide, contact your local cable or satellite provider for the channel number.

Q. What can I expect to see at the parade?
A. Giant helium balloons of recognized characters, spectacular floats, the nation's best marching band, exquisite equestrian units, local and national celebrities, and exciting performance groups.

Q. What is the weather going to be like?
A. Average high is 42 °F, with the average low being 29 °F.  Late November in Chicago can bring a variety of temperates and conditions, so please be prepared for all weather conditions.  The show will go on, regardless of weather!

Q. Where is the best place to view the parade?
A. Anywhere on State Street, between Congress and Washington has excellent viewing.  The best place to view the parade is in our VIP Experience section, located on State Street between Washington and Randolph.  For more information about VIP Experience seating, please click here.

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