WGN-TV Kicks off the Holidays with the 2016 ‘McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade’

WGN-TV Kicks off the Holidays with the 2016 ‘McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade’

November 18, 2016 – WGN’s Lourdes Duarte and Dan Ponce will host the annual “McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade” Thursday, November 24 from 8-11am CT, live on Chicago’s Very Own WGN-TV, nationally on the WGN America cable network and worldwide on WGNTV.com.  WGN’s Amy Rutledge will report street-side.

Chicago’s 83rd annual holiday parade kicks off the 2016 holiday season on historic State Street with high-stepping equestrians, fabulous floats, actor/comedian Matt Walsh as grand marshal, singer Craig Campbell, comedian Sebastian Maniscalo, chef Graham Elliot, actor Yuri Sardarov, actor Dante Brown, actress Emma Kenney, the Harlem Globetrotters and Santa Claus.  WGN goodwill ambassador and Chicago favorite, Bozo, will preside over the WGN-TV float along with Tom Skilling, Dean Richards, Cortney Hall, Nancy Loo, Sean Lewis and Paul Lisnek.  Performances include Musicality, Laura Bretan, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s “Out of This World,” Broadway in Chicago’s “Finding Neverland,” Apollo Chorus of Chicago, Ayodele Drum & Dance, Ballet Folklorico Sones Mexicanos, Jackie Taylor’s “The Other Cinderella,” Chicago Korean Dance Company, Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center’s Hiplet Ballerinas, Hromovytsia Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Chicago, Lucid Dance Company, Nancy Chippendale’s American Tap Company, and Tsukasa Taiko.

An encore of the “McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade” will also be seen Thanksgiving afternoon from 1-4pm CT on CLTV in the Chicago; Rockford, IL; and South Bend, IN areas.

WGN first televised the parade in 1966 when it was called the “State Street Christmas Parade.”

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