Illinois Literacy Foundation

The Illinois Literacy Foundation Elves will be carrying giant pencils and books to help encourage reading and literacy. Since 1999, The Illinois Literacy Foundation (ILF) has been a leader in promoting literacy efforts and supporting local literacy projects throughout...

Blackhawks Blues Mobile

They may be out on the road, but the Chicago Blackhawks Blues Mobile will be in Chicago’s Parade!  Themed after the vehicle from the Blues Brothers movie, it symbolizes the fun and franticness of being at the Madhouse on Madison. Follow The Parade McDonald's®...

Christkindlmarket Chicago

The Christkindlmarket Chicago invites all visitors to enjoy one of the most enchanting atmospheres in Chicago during the holiday season. The Christkindlmarket Chicago transforms Daley Plaza into a magical picturesque European Christmas village filled with candy cane...

501st Midwest Garrison

The 501st Midwest Garrison is a costume charity Star Wars group that is worldwide with over 8000 members. Their love and passion for the franchise spills into our costumes that invoke over $1,000 and hundreds of hours to build to be exactly replicated from the movies...

The Barefoot Hawaiian

The Barefoot Hawaiian is the Midwest’s largest and longest running Polynesian Entertainment Company. They celebrated 33 years in July! They bring the dances and music of the Islands to the Midwest and Beyond…spreading the Aloha Spirit! To find out more...

Chicago Human Rhythm Project

Chicago Human Rhythm Project builds community through rhythm by presenting American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts in world-class and innovative performance, education, and community outreach programs that build affinity between diverse groups of people....

Chicago Spirit Brigade

Chicago Spirit Brigade has been around for 16 years. They have performed in this parade for the last two years. They perform all around the city of Chicago at street festivals, marathons, football games, and a variety of other events. Chicago Spirit Brigade performs...

Chicago Swordplay Guild

The Chicago Swordplay Guild (CSG) provides instruction in the serious study of historical European swordplay and close quarter combat of the 14th – 17th centuries. They do not train in a modern sport or theatrical display, but rather techniques are researched and...

Crystal Lake Strikers Drumline

The Crystal Lake Strikers is a marching percussion unit that performs at major sporting events, parades and festivals around the country. Comprised of individuals from championship drum corps and collegiate level percussionists, The Crystal Lake Strikers provide a...

Freestyle All-Stars

The Freestyle All-Stars is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, founded by Christopher P. A. Seltzer in 2012. It is their goal to enhance people’s lives through learning and performing arts. They hope to encourage a spirit of pride and excellence in Birmingham and...

Jesse White Tumbling Team

Jesse White Tumbling Team was created in 1959 to provide a positive alternative for inner-city kids. Team must stay away from gangs, drugs, alcohol, stay in school and maintain a minimum “C’ average. The team, with 7 units gives more than 1500 performances...

Mandala South Asian Performing Arts

Mandala is a vibrant new non-profit organization whose mission is to connect Chicago with the arts of South Asia. Our unique approach and performances expand the public’s exposure to and knowledge of Asian culture. The potential dancers are chosen from a city-wide...

McNulty School of Irish Dance

The McNulty School of Irish Dance is a multi-year Chicago’s Parade performance group that has won many honors in community events and competition.  Under the direction of Barbara McNulty, the school is celebrating its 45 year of operation.  Besides the...

Michigan City Soul Steppers

The Michigan City Soul Steppers Drill Team is a nonprofit, performing arts organization out of Michigan City, Indiana. They travel all year throughout the country, gaining nationwide recognition for outstanding performances. The Soul Steppers have won multiple awards...

Mobile Azalea Trail Maids

The court is sponsored by the Mobile Azalea Trail, a project of the Mobile Jaycees. The Azalea Trail Maids serve as welcoming ambassadors for Mobile at various civic events, both locally and nationally, in an effort to promote tourism and local hospitality. In the...

The Pack Drumline

The Pack is an eclectic drum line that performs and marches to original cadences.  They are accompanied by drum majors inspired by Southern College bands that perform breathtaking stunts and dances, all while engaging the crowd in the fun and excitement that they...

Pro Dance Elite

Pro Dance Elite blends hip hop, jazz and broadway together in a high-energy performance with festive costuming.  The group has performed in China, Spain, at the Discover Orange Bowl, and at Chicago Bulls and White Sox games.  They’re ready to get everyone on...

Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance

The Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance has brought its Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, Creative Dance, Pointe, Lyrical, Hard Shoe and Irish Step stylings to numerous parades in Chicagoland since the year 2000.  These parades include the Crystal Lake Parade,...

Renacer Boliviano

Renacer Boliviano will be presenting Tinku, a traditional Bolivian dance from the Potosi region.  This dance represents a very unique ritual from the communities of Laimes and Cacachacas.  Through a fight between the two communities, the men make an offering for...

St. Paul Vulcans

The St. Paul Vulcans are part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival since 1886. Vulcanus Rex and his Vulcan Krewe battle King Boreas and his royal family to bring back summer. King Boreas is surrounded by his royal guards, and the Vulcan Krewe try to overthrow King Boreas...

Taki Sumak

Taki Sumak, Folklore Dance Group is a Fusion of Traditional Ecuadorian Music and Dance. The group was born in December 2010 with the desire and purpose of interpreting Ecuador’s indigenous people’s inspirations, ways of life, and beliefs expressed through music and...

Thistle and Heather Highland Dancers

The stirring sound of the Great Highland Bagpipe inspires the unit of Scottish Highland Dancers to parade down State Street doing movements from the traditional Sword Dance, Highland Fling and Strathspey and Reel of Tullock.  Dressed in traditional tartan kilts and...

WHEEL JAM Cirques Experience

Cirques Experience WHEEL JAM performers are awarded in the athletic and art world for their skill and performances. Members have performed for Cirque du Soleil, Disney and other entertainments worldwide. Athletes have achieved awards at World Championships for Wheel...

Windy City Ghostbusters

Windy City Ghostbusters is a group of Chicago Ghostbuster enthusiasts who make and wear their own movie-accurate costumes. They do appearances to help support Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago where 100% of any proceeds go directly to the hospital. They have kept...