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Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade marches down State Street

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Chicago (WLS) — Thousands lined State Street in the Loop to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day Parade’s 88th anniversary.

“We’ve never been here,” said parade participant Ana Hernandez.

Whether you’re a first time visitor or an annual visitor, the Thanksgiving Day Parade did not disappoint.

Many people line up early in the morning for the eye-catching performances, floats, and bands.

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Sheila Main came from Michigan to visit her daughter and saw this parade for the first time, but it’s one of many.

“I’ve done Detroit, New York and Charlotte, so this will be fun. We’ll go wherever we can,” said parade-goer Sheila Main.

This year, nearly 100 parade-goers participated, including 16 top high school and college marching bands, 29 colorful multicultural groups representing Chicago neighborhoods, and equestrian groups.

Jason Thomas and his 10-year-old daughter Jade have come down hoping to make this a tradition.

“She went through it. I wanted her to do it. Today is a good day. It’s the start of a vacation where you want to make memories,” Jason said.

“When they like tossing t-shirts and merchandise, I like to catch it,” Jade said.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade travels north along Chicago’s iconic State Street, decorated for the holiday season.

“I’m looking forward to seeing all the floats, balloons and performances,” said parade participant Maya Hidalgo.

This parade is also memorable for the performers.

Sterling Silver Studio is from Wisconsin. They played here in Chicago in 2017 and are back this year.

“We’re so happy to be back. Today we’re doing a rockabilly parade production. We have dancers from 10 to adult, and we have baton twirlers and fire twirlers,” says Carolyn. Her Nelson-Kavajecz of Sterling Silver Studio said:

Blessed with good weather, many spectators gathered to support the participants.

Parade participant Jasmine Meyer said, “There’s no better way to spend Thanksgiving in a city surrounded by people and see everyone’s efforts go by.

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Written by Natalia Chi

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