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Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade returns for 2021

ABC 7 Chicago logo ABC 7 Chicago 11/25/2021 ABC7 Chicago Digital Team
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Chicago's Thanksgiving Day Parade is back this year.

The parade kicks off at 8:45 a.m. at Ida B. Wells Drive and the route goes northbound on State Street to Randolph Street.

The parade will feature more than 80 units including giant helium balloons, floats, marching bands, celebrities, animals and more.

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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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