Dade County Band marches in McDon­ald’s Thanks­giv­ing Day Pa­rade

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Tune into ca­ble chan­nel WGN this morn­ing, Nov. 24, to catch Dade County High School’s band in the McDon­ald’s Thanks­giv­ing Day Pa­rade.

Who else but t hat red- headed clown Ron­ald McDon­ald would be the hon­orary grand mar­shal for this Thanks­giv­ing morn­ing tra­di­tion in Chicago? But join­ing him as grand mar­shal will be ac­tor Matt Walsh from HBO’s “Veep.”

The pa­rade steps off down Chicago’s State Street at 9 a.m. EST/8 a.m. CST. It is tele­cast live on WGN (Com­cast chan­nel 2, EPBFI chan­nel 20) and can be viewed on www. wgntv.com.

The three-hour pa­rade will fea­ture floats, two dozen march­ing bands, gi­ant bal­loons, eques­trian units and guest per­form­ers down its 1-mile route.

“The band will be pay­ing trib­ute to the lo­cal area by per­form­ing ‘Chat­tanooga Choo Choo,’” says Chris Chance, Dade County band di­rec­tor. Drum ma­jors for t he March­ing Wolver­ines are Abbey Keesee, Kee­ley Page and Emily Till­man.

Chance says 127 peo­ple are go­ing to Chicago, 79 of them stu­dents. The trip is cost­ing $ 700 per stu­dent and $650 per adult — but that in­cludes some bonus perks be­sides march­ing in the pa­rade.

“We did sev­eral fundrais­ers to help off­set the cost of the trip. We held a raf­fle, ran con­ces­sions at sev­eral events, held a Coca- Cola sale and a McBand Night through our lo­cal McDon­ald’s,” says the di­rec­tor.

“In ad­di­tion to the pa­rade, the band will be go­ing to the Navy Pier, the Field Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory, Mil­len­nium Park, The Mag­nif­i­cent Mile, Lin­coln Park Zoo, the John Han­cock Ob­ser­va­tory and see a Broad­way mu­si­cal,” he says.

And tonight, the whole group will have Thanks­giv­ing din­ner at the Hard Rock Cafe.

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