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5 Thanksgiving Parades You Can’t Miss

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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade seems to get most of the glory when it comes to holiday parades. But, it’s not the only balloon-festooned festivity that celebrates the day of gratitude. New York is home to just one of many Thanksgiving parades you can’t miss.

Chicago, Illinois – McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

New York may have The Rockettes, but Chicago’s parade has Grand Marshal Dee Snider. Yes, the Twisted Sister is the 2014 front man. Along with balloons traveling down State Street from Randolph to Congress, parade-goers will also see the Original Harlem Globetrotters, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus acts, dancers from the Joffrey Ballet, floats, balloons, and performances by many talents from all around Chicago.

Seattle, Washington – My Macy’s Holiday Parade

On Black Friday, you can skip the shopping insanity and enjoy the Emerald City’s branch of the Macy’s parade. Costumed entertainers, floats, and talent from the area will all be showcased in the west coast event. Westlake Center is a great but popular spot to nab for prime views.

Houston Thanksgiving Parade

Houston, Texas – Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade

For 65 years, this jaunt covers 20 city blocks and features bands, dancers, floats, and even reality TV stars. Bill Klein and Dr. Jennifer Arnold from TLC’s show ‘The Little Couple‘ are this year’s grand marshals. Local talent will cheers, dance, and show of their talents, while inline-skate dancer, Juan Carlos, from America’s Got Talent will delight the crowd.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade

Gather at Benjamin Franklin Parkway to watch the oldest Thanksgiving parade. This year Anna and Elsa from Disney’s ‘Frozen’ on Ice will be a feature along with Charlie McDermott from ABC’s ‘The Middle’, and “American Idol” Season 12 Winner Candice Glover.

Plymouth, Massachusetts – America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade

The waterfront parade features a chronological look at America’s heritage from the 17th century to modern times. It’s gorgeously quaint, has handmade floats, and has a Military Flyover that starts off the day. It’s a lovely reminder of history and what the day is truly about.