What's Happening at the 2021 Chicago Thanksgiving Parade?

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The 2021 Chicago Thanksgiving Parade is just around the corner.

This year, the event goes down on Thanksgiving morning—that's Thursday, November 25—from 8:00 to 11:00 am. As always, the parade will roll down Chicago’s famous State Street.

After the 2020 Chicago Thanksgiving Parade was cancelled, you can expect the 2021 event to better than ever. But what exactly is on tap for the parade's long-awaited return?

Keep scrolling to learn what you can expect the 2021 Chicago Thanksgiving Parade!

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Amazing Performers

The Chicago Thanksgiving Parade is always packed with performers of all descriptions. This year will be no different. According to Choose Chicago, the city's official destination marketing organization, visitors can expect "more than 100 spectacles" featuring "a lively mix of everything from equestrian performers and fire twirlers to ballerinas and soul steppers."

Just be sure to show up early to get a good spot!

Incredible Balloons

It wouldn't be the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade without balloons. For every year of its existence, the parade has filled the sky above State Street with helium-filled tributes to some of the most iconic characters in pop culture, from Garfield to SpongeBob SquarePants.

You never know who you might encounter this year!

"Gaze upward as the skyline fills with giant helium balloons, led by Teddy the Turkey, the parade’s official mascot," Choose Chicago explains. "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."

Fantastic Floats

The Chicago Thanksgiving Parade always features amazing floats, and after a year-long hiatus, we can expect this year's floats to be more exciting and creative than ever.

The parade will even feature an appearance from Santa Clause, who will merrily ring in the holiday season from atop a festive float.

Plenty of Live Entertainment

The fun doesn't end once the parade is over. As in past years, State Street will host a number of concerts and performances once the parade has subsided. It hasn't yet been revealed who will be playing the main stage, but guests can expect a rousing performance.

"Topping it all off are incredible performances throughout the day within the main stage area between Washington and Randolph Streets," Choose Chicago explains.

To learn more about the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade, visit the event's official website.

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