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America’s greatest Thanksgiving Day parades

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America’s greatest Thanksgiving Day parades

Ah, Thanksgiving… a time to overeat, watch football, and, you know, give thanks and what have you.

But there’s more to Thanksgiving than lounging around on the couch all weekend. So why not get away for a change and check out some of America’s best parades? These annual traditions have blossomed into spectacular ways to make your holiday weekend even more memorable.

Chicago — McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Drum lines, dance troupes and Ronald McDonald make Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day Parade a can’t-miss option. The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts on State Street, making its way down to Congress Parkway, and features some of the country’s best marching bands, floats and more. The sights and sounds are sure to leave an impression on parade-watchers young and old.

New York City — Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Arguably the biggest event of its kind in the country, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is certainly the best-known, attracting tens of thousands of onlookers every year. The parade features plenty of cheerleaders, marching bands, dignitaries and clowns, but it’s the giant balloons and fancy floats that make this event a standout. From classic characters to new additions (such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), these oversized balloons are visible from blocks away, and truly need to be seen in person to be appreciated.

Boston  Plymouth, Mass. Parade
If you’re really keen on staying home this Thanksgiving weekend, Plymouth, Mass.’s Thanksgiving parade may be the one for you. Taking place the weekend before Thanksgiving, America’s Hometown Parade has a more traditional, small-town feel, and brings plenty of charm as well as a glimpse into the country’s history. Decked-out cars, floats, military bands and much more make this a classic amongst American Thanksgiving parades.

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