The world-famous Chicago Thanksgiving Parade was unfortunately canceled due to the pandemic in 2020, but the popular event is poised for a triumphant comeback in 2021.
This year’s parade will be on Thanksgiving Day, as always. In 2021, Thanksgiving Day falls on Thursday, November 25. The parade festivities will run from 8am to 11 am.
As in previous years, the parade route will run down Chicago’s historic State Street, from Congress Parkway to Randolph Street.
At present, parade organizers are seeking participants, sponsors and volunteers for this year’s event. Getting involved in the parade is a great way to experience it up close, but if you’d rather just watch, you’ll have no shortage of solid vantage points.
The most popular viewing areas include the east side of State Street, in between Congress Parkway and Harrison, and at the intersection of State Street and Van Buren—though these spots certainly aren’t your only options. Wherever you end up hunkering down, be sure to get there early—ideally by 6am. In past years, the parade has attracted north of 500,000 people, so space is definitely limited.
If you’d rather avoid the crowd—or you simply can’t make it to Chicago this year—you can also watch the parade on TV. It airs on Chicago’s WGN Channel 9, where it routinely clocks in as one of the most widely-viewed Thanksgiving parades in the United States.
While it’s great to hear that the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade is back in our lives this year, it’s worth mentioning that the event will be subject to the latest local COVID-19-related mandates on masks and vaccinations, so be sure to stay apprised of the current rules.
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