Unit Applications for the 2018 Chicago Thanksgiving Parade

Applications for the 2017 Parade have been closed. If you are still interested in joining the 2017 McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade, please e-mail units@chicagofestivals.org.

Apply today to be part of the NATIONALLY TELEVISED Chicago Thanksgiving Parade! Deadline is Thursday, May 31, 2018


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Broadcast LIVE nationally on WGN America and locally on WGN 9 Chicago, millions of viewers tune into the Parade every Thanksgiving morning, and we are looking for THE BEST entertainment to provide three hours of family-friendly fun to those watching across the country.

Please review the participant guidelines prior to submitting an application.

Click the appropriate link below to apply today:

Marching Band
Equestrian Unit
Honored Guest
Specialty Unit
Staged Performance
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After you submit your application:

Upon submission of your application to our website you will need to provide our selection committee with a photo and a video of your performance.
This allows us to make a more accurate decision when reviewing applications.
The photo should be current and accurately display your group.
The video should be of a routine that you have performed in prior parades or one that you are looking to showcase in this year’s parade.
All photos and videos can be submitted via email at units@chicagofestivals.org or mailed to our office at 1507 E. 53rd Street #102 Chicago, IL 60615.