Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022

It’s turkey time! The Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the holiday season with a fun-filled morning in the heart of downtown Chicago.

The parade takes over Chicago’s iconic State Street in the Loop from 8 – 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. Watch the colorful procession make its way up State from Ida B. Well Drive to Randolph Street at this free, all-ages event.

This year’s live entertainment will include marching bands, acrobats, equestrians

Special performers include the famed Jesse White Tumbling Team, American Blues Theater, Ballet Folklorico, Chicago Korean Dance Company, Cirque Experience, Crystal Lake Strikers Drumline, Danza Azteca Xochitl-Quetzal, Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago, Huaxing Arts Group, Music Theater Works, and more.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Originating in the 1930s, when it was called the Christmas Caravan, the parade was created to help lift the spirits of those suffering through the Great Depression. It continues to be a cherished holiday tradition to this day.

Parade highlights

  • Wake up early to catch more than 100 floats and performances, a lively mix of everything from equestrian performers and fire twirlers to ballerinas and soul steppers.
  • Gaze upward as the skyline fills with giant helium balloons, led by Teddy the Turkey, the parade’s official mascot. You’ll see a cast of familiar and much-loved faces, from Garfield the Cat outfitted as a pilgrim to Bullwinkle J. Moose looking sharp in his suit.
  • Wave at the entertainers as the decorative floats cruise by. And don’t miss fan favorite Santa Claus as he ushers in the holidays.
  • Topping it all off are incredible performances throughout the day within the main stage area between Washington and Randolph Streets.

Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade

Where to watch the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade

The procession will travel north on Chicago’s iconic State Street from Ida B. Wells Drive to Randolph Street. Make sure to get there early to get a spot.

CW26will broadcast the entire Parade, airing live on WCIU, Channel 26.1, XFINITY 183|1026, RCN 6/606, WOW 10/207, Dish 26, Direct TV 26, Spectrum Charter 22/616 and U-Verse 10/1010. 

Looking for more things to do on Thanksgiving Day in Chicago? Check out our guide to Thanksgiving dinner in Chicago, with the best dine-in and take-out options.

Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade

Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade