The parade's line-up includes over 100 diverse units, including Honorary Grand Marshal Ronald McDonald, the parade's loveable mascot, Teddy Turkey, the Harlem Globetrotters and of course, Santa Claus. This year's parade will feature performances from the world-renowned Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, the exhilarating Black Ensemble Theater, the pitch-perfect Apollo Chorus of Chicago, an intense performance by Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament and a show stopping performance by the Texas State University Strutters. Crowd favorites such as the Jesse White Tumblers, The Barefoot Hawaiian and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project will make this a show one not to be missed!
McDonald's Owner/Operators of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, the title sponsor of the parade, will also present the McDonald's Community Fire Truck, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile in partnership with Advocate Children's Hospital, and Ronald McDonald and his Big Red Shoe. Sheraton Grand Chicago is the official hotel of the parade. Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago, celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, will be presenting live cooking segments during the parade broadcast. Other sponsors include Chicago Blackhawks, Mercedes-Benz of Chicago, and RE/MAX.
Additional information about the 2016 line-up and special guests will be announced after Labor Day. For more information, visit our website at www.chicagofestivals.org. Find us on social media with our Twitter and Instagram handle, @TeddyTurkey, and on our Facebook page, McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade.
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SOURCE Chicago Festival Association