Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021 to step off down State Street

CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is back this year.

This year marks the 87th year of the parade, which will feature hundreds of performers, beloved mascot Teddy Turkey, Santa Claus marching bands, floats, and more.

Several hundred thousand people visitors are expected to line the streets to watch.

The parade kicks off at 8 a.m. at Ida B. Wells Drive and the route goes northbound on State Street to Randolph Street.

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Residents can expect intermittent street closures between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. and parking restrictions will be in effect in the area.

“Public safety is the number one priority for all special events hosted within the City of Chicago,” said Rich Guidice, Executive Director, OEMC. “We work closely with event organizers months in advance to plan and refine security measures implemented each year through tabletop exercises, safety plan enhancements and modifications to ensure the safety and security of event attendees and staff.”

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Spectators are encouraged to use public transportation.

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