TV Tango Search


|              FREE: Ask a TV Expert

McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade

McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade

  • Premiered: 
    November 24, 1966
    (Click date to see TV listings for that day)

  • Network: WGN
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Parade
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Holiday
  • Tags: Thanksgiving

Buy This Show on DVD or Watch Online

No DVDs Available
(That We Know Of)
Legal Full Episodes
Not Available Online
(That We Know Of)

Plot Synopsis

One of only three parades in the United States to be nationally broadcast live, the annual MCDONALD'S THANKSGIVING PARADE takes place each Thanksgiving morning in Chicago. WGN-TV first televised the parade locally in 1966 when it was then called the STATE STREET CHRISTMAS PARADE, and WGN America presented the parade for the first time in 2007, where it has aired since.
WGN America aired the 84th annual event live on Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 9am-Noon ET/8-11am CT/7-10am MT and on tape delay from 9am-Noon PT. The parade kicks off the 2017 holiday season on historic State Street with Ronald McDonald as Grand Marshal, chef Graham Elliot, Twista, the Harlem Globetrotters, the Christkind from Christkindlmarket Chicago, Miss Illinois 2017 Abby Foster, 2018 Miss Illinois Teen Sydni Dion Bennett, Teddy Turkey, among others; plus, giant balloons, bands from across the country, high-stepping equestrians, fabulous floats, performance groups and Santa Claus.


Other Titles

  • Informally known as: Chicago's Grand Holiday Tradition
  • Previously known as: State Street Christmas Parade


  • - Chicago, Illinois USA