Dade County Band marches in McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
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.